Raymond DeRaymond Speaks at Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project
Attorney Raymond J. DeRaymond was recently asked to be the featured speaker for the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project Roundtable on January 26, 2017. The event took place at Lehigh Valley Active Life in Allentown and the event was dedicated to the memory of Captain George Stauffer, United States Army Air Corps, World War II Veteran. Over 300 community members were in attendance to hear Raymond’s amazing story and all were impressed to hear that he continues to practice law, today.
Raymond served with Company “C”, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. On the first day in actual combat, his Company was shelled continuously for six hours, and there were casualties. Besides working with with mortars, Raymond was a rifleman who accompanied the Forward Observer. They were exposed to enemy fire many times in this function. The Unit battled through hedgerows to Sherbourg, firing many round in support of various infantry units. They continued through Northern France; skirted south of Paris to Chateau Thierry; then north to Belgium to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. On August 1, 1945, Raymond was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Battalion. He was made a Knight of the Order and most recently was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor in 2016.