Sgt. Joseph Maurice Coulombe
Every medal has its own journey.
U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Maurice Coulombe was killed in action
on March 31, 1951, in South Korea. The medal of valor he was
awarded posthumously was sent to his wife, but Coulombe’s
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family never knew he had married at age 17 while in boot
camp. When his widow recently died, her daughter turned to
us to locate the family. On Raymond Coulombe’s 14th birth-
day, he found his brother was killed in action. Each Birthday
after served as a reminder of the brother he lost, the broth-
er he loved, a memory of his lost hero. On Raymond’s 80th
Birthday, his wish was to see his brother for what could be
the last time. With the help of our organization, American
Airlines, and The Airpower Foundation, Raymond made the
trip from Los Angeles to Maine, where the brothers grew up.
He was able to visit his brother’s gravesite and was presented
with his Purple Heart at the American Legion post in Bethal.
“I was 14 years old celebrating my birthday with my grandparents, and that’s when we got the news that
my brother was killed, so it’s like coming around full-circle,” Raymond Coulombe said. “He was my love, my
life. I idolized him dearly. To bring this all back after this many years, right now I feel like I’m in another
CPL Leo George Rauf
On the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI, we paid
homage to World War One hero, CPL Leo George Rauf. Leo
served in the 301st Tank Battalion, was attached to the British
Expeditionary Forces, and assigned to a Mark V tank. On 29
September 1918, with one eye shot out, Leo fought to the death
to protect his brothers during some of the toughest fighting
on the Hindenburg Line. His last words were “Well, I’m happy I
could get some of those Jerry’s before they got me”. It’s be-
cause of men like Leo that we are a free nation and we owe him
100 years of gratitude. His great nephew Mike along with his
son, Parker, who recently enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Combat
Medic, were presented with some of his medals and personal
heirlooms. 100 years later, Leo’s legacy lives on!
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