Biographies - Ray Yadon
 
Full Name:
Raymond E. Yadon
Date of Birth:
5/19/24
Entered:
1/14/43
Drafted:
Yes
Volunteer:
Yes
Where:
Portland, Oregon
Unit:
Co. B, 274th Inf. Reg

Medals

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct

Bio

Wounded 3/15/45. Spent 12 1/2 months in various Army hospitals in France and the U.S.A. Discharged from O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, MO (my home town) on 3/30/46. During my six months in O'Reilly Hospital I met a young lady who was stationed there, and we became engaged to be married. Following discharge I enrolled in the pre-medical program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. My fiancee and I were then married. In 1953 I received my M.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. I served one year of internship and four years of residency, and in 1958 I became a diplomate of The American Board of Radiology. My wife and I were blessed with three children, two of whom have died in the last 18 months. My wife also died, in 1970. I later married my current wife, who had four children at that time. She also lost her younger son very recently. Most of my years in practice were spent in California and Missouri, the last eight years of which were spent here in my home town of Springfied, MO. I learned of, and joined, the 70th Div. Assn. in 1984. The next year, 1985, I retired, and we took our first of five wonderful trips back to France and Germany with Floyd Freeman and dozens of 70th Division people, all of whom we cherish as the best of our friends.