Portrail of Paul Reiffers, taken from his personal military file. © Armée luxembourgeoise
Registration Nr.:    321007
Birthday:    01.11.1932, Kapenaker
Father:    Mathieu REIFFERS
Mother:    Marguerite SEILER
Service entry:    29.05.1951
Contingent:    2nd
Ranks:    Soldat de 2e Classe
                  Soldat de 1re Classe (1952)
Death:    25.03.2002


On 29 May 1951, at the age of 18, Paul was called up for his compulsory military service. During basic training, it seemed that Paul lacked the necessary military qualities, his instructors and senior officers criticising learning problems and unwillingness to improve as major shortcomings. At the end of July 1951, after completing his basic training, he was assigned to the IInd Battalion as a medical assistant.

When Paul applied to join the second contingent to fight in the Korean War, he indicated that he wanted to join the armed forces as a driver (“chauffeur”). He eventually went to Korea to assist medical personnel in an infirmary close to the frontline. On 4 February 1953, he signed up for a second term in Korea, which proved to be short-lived. On 29 June 1953, the Minister of Defence himself released Paul from his military obligations.

"Ech hunn alt heiansto (sic) Momenter, dann ass mer alles egal a lossen alles kommen ewé' et kënnt."

Paul' statement about his own personality on his Army application, 1951. © Armée Luxembourgeoise