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Raynor, Sidney

Sidney Raynor
Army
Ridge

 


Sidney Raynor was the son of Manly and Alma Raynor. He was born on July 8th, 1921 at Shelter Island, New York. The Raynors moved to East Middle Island (Ridge) in 1935 where they lived on Raynor Road. Sidney went to school at Port Jefferson High School and graduated with the class of 1939.

            Raynor entered the Army at Camp Upton on October 13, 1942, and received his basic training at Camp Campbell, Kentucky with Company C of the 17th Infantry Battalion of the 12th Armored Division. The division was transferred to Camp Barkley, Texas where they received their final training. In August 1944 the division received orders to go to Camp Shanks, New York where they left for Europe aboard the Emperor of Australia After a stormy crossing the 12th arrived in Liverpool, England, then to southern England where they remained until November, then to Le Harve, France.

            On December 13th, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge Sidney developed frostbite and was hospitalized in France, and then to a military hospital in England for more medical treatment. In 1945 while still bedridden he was shipped back to the United States aboard the Queen Elizabeth. Arriving in new York, Sidney was shipped to a convalescent hospital at Camp Carson, Colorado Spings.

            On August 12th, 1945 he received his honorable discharge, and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with 2 Battle Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, The American Campaign Medal and the European Campaign Medal.

            Sidney returned to his family home in Patchogue, where his family had moved in 1944. He was employed at Camp Upton as a boiler fireman. He remained there when Camp Upton became Brookhaven Lab in 1948, and retied from the lab in 1983 from the planning and engineering department.

Mr. Raynor passed away in 2000and was buried with Military Honors at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Patchogue. Surviving him is his wife Thelma and a son William Raynor.

Written by,
Mrs. Thelma Raynor
Oct. 25th, 2008

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