|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1915|
|Death: ||Aug., 1991|
WW II vet.
Drove transport with the 3600th Q.M. Trucking Co.,
9th Armored Division,
1st Army out of Fort (Camp) Polk, Louisiana.
(They were the first Allied Trucking Co. to cross the Rhine River in Germany toward the end of the war.)
The men of the 3600th spent time training at Camp Polk then went to California to transport military mail. They then went to Germany where they transported everything from gasoline to POWs.
During one of those moves he took a gun off of a German officer. Using what little German he learned from his mother he was able to talk to that officer who was amazed that the Allied forces were able to put a pontoon bridge, where the Germans blew up a bridge, within 24 hours.
Starting 25 years after their formation, the men of the 3800th started having reunions every other year. The year that the new hospital was dedicated at Fort Polk I had the privilege of going with those brave men and their wives. They were to be honored at that ceremony but because of the distance we had to travel to get there and the traffic we were about one hour too late.
We set out on our tour of the facility and the first place they wanted to see was their barracks. They were amazed that that was the only one still standing and they were making it part of the new museum. We ate at the mess hall at noon then went on with the tour.
I got up in the front of the bus at one point and asked everyone what they saw there that day that they would never have seen when they were there. No one knew. They all laughed when I pointed out all of the pregnant women in uniform.
I learned so much from those men and their wives in those few days. I came away from that weekend with a lot more respect for them and others that serve in our armed forces. May GOD grant them all peace.
Ray was preceded to glory by his parents, his brother Donald and his loving wife, Zella (Nee Graybill).
His sons Raymond Jr and David, and his Daughter Caroline survived his passing as did his brother Robert and his family.
Ray was a Boy Scout and then became a leader. His entire 'career' in the Scouts spanned 30+ years. He was also an assistant coach for his sons' baseball team in Des Moines, IA for a couple of years.
The pictures are:
1. Raymond Devine
2. The banner that flew over all of their reunions, sighned by those that attended.
3. The brave heroes of the 3600th at one of their reunions.
4. A quilt that was lovingly made by all of the wives.
Zella Maude Graybill Devine (1911 - 1987)*
Arlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Created by: David Devine
Record added: Dec 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63033030