Birthday: 07.10.1931, Pétange
Father: Nicolas WENNMACHER
Mother: Julie DINAND
Service entry: 16.05.1950
Contingent: 1st & 2nd
Ranks: Soldat de 2e Classe
Soldat de 1re Classe (1952)
In May 1950, Marcel was called up for compulsory military service. He later volunteered for the first contingent, set up by governmental resolution in September 1950. After he had passed the paratrooper training camp in Beverloo, Belgium, he waved Europe goodbye on 18 December 1950 and would not return until October 1952. Having served for a total of 654 days, he was one of the few volunteers who stayed in Korea to join the second contingent. While in 1951 Marcel was serving his section as a machine gunner and as an assault trooper, he was withdrawn from the frontline in 1952. Being assigned a driver, he was henceforth responsible for the transport of soldiers and higher military officials.
He was released from the Army the day he arrived in Luxembourg on 1 October 1952. In the 60s and 70s Marcel worked part time as a driver for the coal dealer Pepin in Differdange.
Marcel’s life came to a tragic end, when he died in an accident in 1977.
“Très bon soldat qui a fait preuve de courage et de sang-froid dans des circonstances difficiles. Excellent tireur Bren. Travailleur endurant. Élément sur lequel on peut compter les moments de crise.”
Lieutenant Tun Wagener in his personal diary about Marcel Wennmacher. © Wagener/MNHM
“Le 23 avril 1951 au Nord de l’Imjin, participa à deux contre-attaques menées jusqu’au corps-à-corps avec les éléments de la compagnie C. Occupa et maintint les positions les plus avancées jusqu’au repli de la compagnie, couvrant ainsi son décrochage.”
Lieutenant-Colonel B.E.M. Albert Crahay about Marcel Wennmacher, 8.5.1951. © OJ Bn No 66/51.