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Raymond Otis Gould
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Name: Raymond Otis Gould Rank: Private First Class Service Number: 31462454 Service: 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, United States Army Awards: Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal Date of Birth: March 26, 1906 Place of Birth: Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: April 8, 1944 Place of Enlistment: Fort Devens, Massachusetts Address at Enlistment: Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Age at Enlistment: 38 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Light Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Occupation: Chauffeur / Driver Marital Status: Married Next of Kin: Kathryn Gould (Wife) Date of Death: February 14, 1945 Age: 38 Cemetery: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium Grave: Plot H, Row 5, Grave 18 Raymond Otis Gould was the son of Albert Otis Gould (b. 1875) and Celia Jane (Turnbull) Gould (1877-1954). His father was born in Cornwallis in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Raymond had five siblings - Elsie (1903- 1953), Ralph Benjamin (1904-1980), Roy Alexander (1909-1945), William A (1916-1981), and Helen (b. 1921). The family moved to Framingham in Middlesex County, Mass. in 1914. Raymond married Kathryn Louise Firmin (1913-2000) of Southborough, Worcester Co., Mass. in Southborough on February 16, 1931. He registered for the US Draft on October 16, 1940 in Framingham. He was working for and Raymond registered for the US Draft on October 16, 1940 in Framingham. He was working for W P A. (federal Works Progress Administration) at the time. Kathryn and Raymond had five children Raymond Gould Jr. (b. 1931), Charles Michael Gould (1932–1976), Gerard Gould (1935–1978), Mary Theresa Gould (1937–2007), and David Gerard Gould Sr. (1940–1996). After enlisting at Fort Devens, Mass. in April 1944, Raymond Gould was subsequently assigned to the 357th Infantry Regiment of the US Army’s 90th Infantry Division. Private First Class Raymond Otis Gould died of a non-battle cause while in the field. He was on guard near a fox hole when he started choking. He died on arrival to the aid station on February 14, 1945. He was interred at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery approximately 70 miles south east of Brussels, in Belgium. Most of the 8000 American service members that lie in the Cemetery lost their lives as US Armed Forces advanced into Germany.
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