Charlevoix County Veteran of the Month: Maruice Kraemer Jr. of East Jordan

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Maurice Peter Kraemer
Maurice Peter Kraemer

Born on Jan. 3, 1949, Maurice Peter Kraemer, Jr. grew up and attended school in East Jordan, Mich.

In Oct. of 1968 Kraemer was inducted into the Armed Forces receiving basic and advanced individual training at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

While home on leave Kraemer married Mary LaCroix on April 1st, 1969.

On April 13th, 1969 Kraemer was sent to the Republic of Vietnam assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division serving as a Radio Operator.

On Aug. 31, 1969, Kraemer was awarded The Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action while engaged in military operations against hostile forces.


On July 27, 1969, during a ground reconnaissance operation, his unit came under intense enemy fire.

PFC Kraemer returned devastating fire on the insurgent’s position which contributed to the success of the mission.

On Sept. 11, 1969, Kraemer was awarded The Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement while participating in an Aerial Flight from May 5th to July 25, 1969, and flew more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of combat operations.

Kraemer was also awarded the The National Defense Service Medal; The Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Service Bar; The Vietnam Campaign Medal; The Combat Infantrymen’s Badge; Expert Badge with the BAR Rifle; Marksmen’s Badge with the Automatic Rifle and Machine Gun; and the Good Conduct Medal. On Oct. 10, 1969, while on a reconnaissance patrol in the Hau Nghia Province, a hostile mine was detonated killing Kraemer instantly and wounding several others.

Kraemer was Posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star for Heroism in ground combat, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against Hostile Forces from April 13, 1969 to Oct. 10, 1969, The Purple Heart Medal and was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

The news was devastating to his Wife, family and friends back home. Kraemer was the 3rd soldier from East Jordan to be killed during the Vietnam War.

Kraemer’s Company Commander stated, “Throughout his assignment to this Company, I had observed Maurice to be an exemplary soldier.

His integrity and devotion to duty earned him the respect of all with whom he came in contact” unquote.

On Oct. 10, 1969, Maurice Peter Kraemer, Jr. answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Mary, siblings Judy, Chuck, Cathi, Carol, Jerry, Steve, Tim, Cris, Lori, Bill and their families.