WWII Hero’s Remains head to Arlington

The Secretary of the Army approves the request for burial of local World War II hero, Dr. Rene Joyeuse, in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.

During World War II Joyeuse worked for the United States Office of Strategic Services and parachuted behind German Lines before D-Day with orders to gather crucial intelligence about German military installations, supply depots and troop movements so the allies could bombard them before the invasion.  He distinguished himself in that mission and others and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, which was personally presented by Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower. The honor is second in magnitude only to the Congressional Medal of Honor in the United States.

According to the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, although Joyeuse was not a member of the U.S.military, senior leaders overwhelmingly recommended that this request be granted due to his extraordinary heroism, lifetime scientific contributions and civilian service in support of the U.S.military.”

McHugh cited these accomplishments in a letter to Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who, along with Congressman Bill Owens, lobbied the Department of the Army and requested permission to bury Dr. Joyeuse in Arlington.

Joyeuse and his family came to the United States in 1955, became American citizens and then resided in Saranac Lake for the last 25 years as Dr. Joyeuse worked for the state correctional department and later retried there.  He was also a noted surgeon who helped develop the first replacement heart valve and was a founder of the American Trauma Society.

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