Pfc. Stanley  Stephan Jamraz


Words cannot express the gratitude and admiration I have for Mr. Jo Smeets, his family and all those who have adopted the graves of our loved ones. I'm certain it took Mr. Smeets considerable time and effort in locating our family to send us pictures and to let us know that he adopted Stanley's grave.

Pfc. Stanley Stephan Jamraz, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division was killed in Lohn, Germany, on his 23rd birthday, March 26, 1945 .

His younger brother Joseph was already serving with the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division somewhere in France when in October 1944 Stanley was shipped overseas. I am told there was an occasion when Joseph thought he might be able to meet up with Stanley for a few minutes...... when across the field one day Joseph saw the Chaplin walking towards him.......... he knew he would not see Stanley again.

Stanley S. Jamraz with friend
Stanley Stephan Jamraz (right) with friend

Stanley was the third child born of a family of 10 children to John & Victoria Jamraz who emigrated from Poland.
He excelled in school and was a great athlete. During the "Great Depression" he was one of three million young men who enrolled in President Roosevelt's most popular experiment of the New Deal the Civilian Conservation Corp. One of the Corps projects was in renewing our nations decimated forests by planting over three billion trees. Each month $25.00 was sent to the family back home and he received $5.00. He was assigned to the 9th Corp. based in Nevada.

Stanley S. Jamraz with a friend sitting at a tree
Stanley Jamraz with friend sitting at tree

During WWII he received four deferments from military service due to his employment at "Kellogg's Switchboard & Supply Company." He was a handsome guy, a great friend , very kind and always caring brother and son who made our family so very proud of him.

He leaves two living brothers Joseph, who served in WW II, Edwin who served in Korea with the 8th Army, 64th Field Hospital, (Helen) and five living sisters. Evelyn, Alice, Jean. Sylvia and Diana.

Stanley S. Jamraz' Statement of Service
Stanley Jamraz' Statement of Service


30th ID Patch
30th ID Patch

The 30th Infantry Division was made up of the existing National Guard units from the States of North and South Carolina and Tennessee at the beginning of WWII. During WWII, The 30th Infantry Division served in Europe with distinction, and was designated as the #1 Infantry Division in the European Theater by Gen. Eisenhower's Chief Historian, Col. S.L.A. Marshall. Although the 30th Infantry Division was not involved in the actual invasion of Normandy, the 30th served valiantly at St. LO and at Mortain in France; it was the first infantry division to enter Belgium and The Netherlands, liberating the southern part of the Dutch Province of Limburg, where Stanley Jamraz found his final resting place.


The 30th was also instrumental in breaching the Siegfried Line in October 1944, and the capture of Aachen, Germany, the 1st large German city to be captured by the Allies in WWII.

30th ID in South of Limburg
The 30th Infantry Division was one of the main liberating U.S. units of the south of Limburg in September 1944. Local people were eager to show their gratitude to any liberator in many ways. This picture was taken in the vicinity of Meerssen, the town where caretaker Jo Smeets lives

The 30th made a rapid advance around the north side of the Ruhr Industrial Pocket, capturing Brunswick and finally capturing Magdeburg on the Elbe River on 17 April 1945.

Here the 30th Infantry Division met the Russians and remained in occupation of Magdeburg throughout the month of May, when it was turned over to the Russians for their permanent occupation, as this was their designated occupation territory. This brought the end of the war to the 30th Infantry Division.

After a brief occupation of an area on the Czech border, the 30th was alerted to return to the United States for further deployment to the Pacific. However, enroute to the U.S.A., the war in the Pacific came to an end by the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan.

The 30th Infantry Division was proudly called "Old Hickory" after Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States.


Pfc. Stanley S. Jamraz' grave
Pfc. Stanley Jamraz´ grave


The adoption certificate
The adoption certificate mentions Mr. Jo Smeets as caretaker but in fact it is his daughter Kitty Leenders-Smeets who watches out for Stanley Jamraz

A special word of gratitude for sharing information is going out to :

Mrs. Alice Miller, sister of Pfc. Stanley Jamraz

Mrs. Phyllis Delabar-Miller, daughter of Mrs Alice Miller

Mrs. Kitty Leenders-Smeets, caretaker of the grave of Pfc. Stanley Jamraz

Mr. Jo Smeets, father of Mrs. Kitty Leenders-Smeets

The World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial : The Memorial Association was founded in 1999 and in 2000 was chartered as a not-for-profit organization. The Memorial was constructed to honor the 987,000 men and women from the State of Illinois who served our country during World War II. 22,000 Illinois citizens gave their lives in pursuit of liberty. The Memorial was officially dedicated on December 4, 2004. The Association has it's own website : The World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Association