John Robertson

Staff member
Ralph Einar
  • UNIT
2 Ranger Bn (Company C)
  • RANK
Distinguished Service Cross
Normandy 1944
from Libertyville, Illinois
born 04.07.1919 Chicago, Illinois, USA
father Einar Goranson (1893-1968)
mother Agnes Goranson (1893-1984)
4 years high school
civil occupation Agent and appraisers
employed by Belnap and Thompson Inc., 309 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois
single without dependents upon enlistment
16.10.1940 draft card Illinois
resided 1520 Bryn Maur Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
11.12.1941 entered service Camp Grant, Illinois
wife Ruth E. (nee Hauschild) Goranson (1922-2002)
died 12.11.2012 (Aged 93) Libertyville, Illinois, USA
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Columbarium 7 K-11-5


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Ralph E. Goranson (ASN: 0-1299035), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of Company C, 2d Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 and 7 June 1944, at Vierville-sur-Mer, France. Captain Goranson landed with his Ranger company at "H" hour on D-Day with the initial assault wave in the invasion of France, in the face of heavy automatic enfilading fire from three different directions and mortar and artillery fire from cliffs overlooking the beach. In spite of extremely heavy casualties, Captain Goranson calmly and courageously reorganized his company and led them in a successful assault upon the enemy positions. He then led his company in an advance to force a junction with the main body of the assault. Though it took ten hours of the heaviest kind of fighting to reach the main body, his men, inspired by his outstanding leadership, continuously advanced until the mission was accomplished. Captain Goranson's heroic actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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