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Sgt Ray Frank Cavier

Sgt Ray Frank Cavier

Birth
Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA
Death 15 Apr 1945 (aged 31)
Ingolstadt, Stadtkreis Ingolstädt, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 56653617 · View Source
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Raymond Frank Cavier, Grace and Henry's son, was born in Wagner, South Dakota in 1914. He was also the half brother of Etta May Chase, his mother's first child who was adopted by the Chase family before Grace married George's father.

Ray entered the service from South Dakota and saw action in Italy and France during the second World War.

He was a Sergeant with the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the 36th (Texas) Infantry Division which landed in southern France on 15 August, 1944. The 636 TD BN was the first unit to enter Lyon and to reach the Moselle River that September. It engaged German forces in the Vosges Mountain region beginning in October and relieved the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion in Strasbourg in December.

Quoted excerpts are from 14th Armored Division (United States): Wikis, at thefullwiki.org (under creative commons license, public domain)

"In January of 1945, the men battled the German Northwind offensive, and in February converted its tank killing equipment from the M10 to the M36. The 636th struck the Siegfried Line near Wissembourg in late March, and then, on the 28th, was attached to the 14th Armored Division from Camp Chaffee, Arkansas."

"On Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945, the 14th moved across the Rhine near Worms protecting the long left flank of the Seventh Army advance against moderate to heavy German opposition through Lohr, Gemunden, Neustadt, and Hammelburg, where on 6 April, Combat Command B liberated Stalag XIIIC and the more famous Oflag XIII-B prisoner of war camps."

SGT RAY CAVIER was killed in action on the 15th of April, 1945 at the Danube River where the 14th division crossed at Ingolstadt.

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On the 29th of April, his fellow soldiers liberated over 130,000 Allied prisoners from Stalag VII-A, the largest prisoner of war camp in Germany.

"The division fired its last rounds on the 2nd day of May 1945, and was processing prisoners of war, and patrolling its area when the war in Europe ended on 8 May, 1945."

"The 14th Division became known by the nickname 'LIBERATORS' during the last days of World War II when it freed some 200,000 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps, including American soldiers, sailors, and airmen, as well as troops from the UK and Commonwealth."

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Ray died three days after his 31st birthday, and twenty one days before the War's end. The courage and sacrifices of Ray and brave men like him saved the lives of thousands.

He is buried in The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial near Moselle, France.


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RAY F. CAVIER
SGT 636 TD BN
SOUTH DAKOTA APR. 15, 1945

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  • Maintained by: SB°ancestry
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56653617
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Ray Frank Cavier (12 Apr 1914–15 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56653617, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by SB°ancestry (contributor 47325517) .