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Inscription on the Tablets of the Missing, Margraten American Cemetery, Holland

Memorial stone in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison [Atchison county], Kansas.

Pvt Kurtz was transferred from Field Force Replacement Depot No. 8 to Co B, 508th PIR on 7 April 1944.  He made the jump into Normandy and was wounded on 7 July 1920.  He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Pfc Kurtz was declared as Missing in Action but placed on Killed In Action status as of 21 September 1944.  He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal and he Purple Heart Oak Leaf Cluster

Memorial Service To Honor Cousins
  A double memorial service for Pfc Raymond C. Kurtz and Lt. Richard E. Blair, cousins who were killed in action during September, will be held at the First Christian church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
   The Reverend Loyal S. Northcott, pastor of the church, will conduct the services assisted by Re. Evan A. Reiff, Pastor of the First Baptist church.
   Pfc Kurtz, a paratrooper, was killed in action on September 21, according to word received Oct 11 by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Kurtz, route 2.  He had been wounded in action previously and had returned to the front lines.
   Lt. Blair died from wounds received in action in France on Sept 13, and the death message was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Blair, 1113 Parallel Oct 5.  He also had been slightly wounded in action and had returned to the fight shortly before he suffered his fatal wounds.
National Jewish Welfare Board
record of inquiry made by Raymond's father.  Note that Raymond's death is listed as I.A. [In Action] and was based on a War dept release of 9 January 1945, page 1962
our dear son and brother Pfc Raymond C. Kurtz, killed in action one year ago September 21, 1944.

There is a light that never fails
  And will never grow dim
A light that shines within our hearts
   Of those that follow Him
And though the clouds may
   fill the sky and hide the sun from sight
The darkness will be lifted
By his never-failing light

Deeply missed by


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