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(courtesy of Bob Rohwedder)

Draft registration, discharge document and grave marker for Louis E. Duran in Fairmont Cemetery, Raton (Colfax county), New Mexico.

Louis enlisted in the Army art Santa Fe, NM on 1 December 1942 and was assigned to Co H, 508th PIR.

Pvt Duran was listed as Missing In Action on 6 June 1944 but rejoined the unit on 11 June.

On 7 July 1944, Pvt Duran, a rifleman in the 2nd Platoon, 1st Squad, suffered a compound fracture of the femur with nerve involvement due from an artillery shell blast, and had a secondary diagnosis of gangrene which set in afterward causing the need to amputate the leg. He was released from the field hospital  after 180 days of treatment with a directive that he would be discharged from the Army.

On 7 August 1944 he arrived at Mitchel Field, NY, on an Air Transport Command flight from Prestwick, Scotland. The aircraft number reveals that the plane was a Constructed as a C-54A-DO built by Douglas Aircraft Company at Santa Monica, CA..

Lewis underwent further hospitalization and treatment until he was discharged at the Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, UT on 7 June 1945. 

Louis was one of two veterans reported in this news article to be the first recipients of cards from the Veterans Administration entitling them to repairs on artificial limbs at government expense.
[Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Thursday, August 1, 1946, Page 2]

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