Dr. Rene Joyeuse to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A highly decorated Swiss-born World War II spy who went from battling Nazis in France to pioneering trauma treatment in the U.S. will have his wish to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery fulfilled later this month.
The family of Dr. Rene Joyeuse was told after his death in June that he couldn't be buried in Arlington because his wartime heroics happened before he was a U.S. citizen. Military officials reversed the decision in November after a letter-writing campaign that included support from veterans of the OSS, the precursor to the CIA.
His son Remi Joyeuse tells The Associated Press Monday that his father's burial will be March 29.
After the war, the elder Joyeuse helped create the trauma hospital concept. He was 92 when he died in Saranac Lake.