Sgt. Raeymacker finishes his journey
“Amazing Grace” rang out over Willowbrook Cemetery Friday in a final honor given to Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker.
“I think it’s all fitting that we’re here today, the day before we celebrate our Independence Day and to look at Sgt. Raeymacker and the sacrifice that he has given along with all the other flags in this cemetery,” SFC. William Shepard said. “We thank him for his service and the sacrifice that he and his family made.”
Gathered family looked pensively on the simple headstone laid for the fallen young man who lost his life in the Korean War in 1950.
Moments before he died, Raeymacker was scurrying on the battlefields, helping a wounded friend to safety in North Korea. He died in a hailstorm of bullets and was buried under a nearby haystack. It wasn’t until nearly 70 years later that his remains would be returned to American soil.
The family laid him to rest finally in October of 2019 and the headstone was the last piece needed to make hi homecoming complete.
“It’s wonderful to finally finish this journey with you,” Shepard said.