RANGERS Colby, Ralph Adair

Date of death
Aug-1943

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Colby
  • FORENAME
Ralph Adair
  • UNIT
1 Ranger Bn (Company D)
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
0-023247
  • DATE OF DEATH
August 1943
  • AGE
26
  • GRAVESITE
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
biorn 07.07.1917, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
father Warren Wallace Colby (1890-1931)
mother Eva Dell (nee Stadden) Colby (1889-1920)
married Clarissa (nee Milligan) Cullen (1918-2016)
from Springfield,Sangamon County,Illinois
West Pint Class 1940
awarded Silver Star
died Sicily (non battle - training)
 
Citation
Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Ralph Adair Colby (ASN: 0-23247), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 1st Ranger Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division. Captain Colby led a coordinated attack against an enemy hill despite intense machine gun and grenade fire from five concrete pill boxes, and broke through the enemy defenses. Although later subjected to a heavy enemy artillery barrage, Captain Colby directed the successful defense of this position.
Web Links
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45010525/ralph-adair-colby
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