Curtis, Ralph Elmer, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1193, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1940 - 1950

Field Artillery

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Home Town
Arcata
Last Address
Humboldt County, California

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
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Not Specified

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Second Lieutenant
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Korea, South
 
 
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2nd Infantry Division

The 2nd Division was first constituted on 21 September 1917 in the Regular Army.It was organized on 26 October 1917 at BourmontHaute Marne, France.
The 2nd Infantry Division  is a formation of the United States Army. Its current primary mission is the pre-emptive defense of South Korea in the event of an invasion from North Korea. There are approximately 17,000 soldiers in the 2nd Infantry Division, with 10,000 of them stationed in South Korea,accounting for about 35% of the United States Forces Korea personnel.



 

The 2nd Infantry Division is unique in that it is the only U.S. Army division that is made up partially of South Korean soldiers, called KATUSAs (Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army). This program began in 1950 by agreement with the first South Korean president, Syngman Rhee. Some 27,000 KATUSAs served with the U.S. forces at the end of the Korean War. As of May 2006, approximately 1,100 KATUSA soldiers serve with the 2ID. There were also more than 4,748 Dutch soldiers assigned to the division between 1950 and 1954.


Twice during World War I the division was commanded by US Marine Corps generals, Brigadier General Charles A. Doyen and Major General John A. Lejeune (after whom the Marine Corps Camp in North Carolina is named), the only time in U.S. military history when Marine Corps officers commanded an Army division.

Nickname(s)           " IndianHead"

Motto(s)                     Second to None

 

Notable Person(s) Commander 

Charles Augustus Doyen (3 September 1859 – 6 October 1918) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps with the rank of brigadier general and the first recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.


 He organized and commanded the 5th Marine Regiment in World War I, and in France took command of the 4th Brigade, 2d Division, composed of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments and the 6th Machine Gun Battalion. From 26 October to 8 November 1917, he served as commanding general, 2nd Division (United States), the first Marine officer to command a U.S. Army division. He returned to the United States, dying of influenza during the height of the global pandemic on 6 October 1918 at Quantico, Virginia.The 4th Brigade went on to win a historic victory in Belleau Wood. Brigadier General Doyen's contribution to these victories was recognized by the posthumous award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the first to ever be awarded.


 

Charles Augustus Doyen
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BGen Charles A. Doyen



Notable Person (s) Commander 

John Archer Lejeune (January 10, 1867 – November 20, 1942) was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Lejeune had nearly 40 years service in the Marine Corps including commanding the U.S. Army's 2nd Division during World War I. His service with the Marine Corps after he retired was as the 5th Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was named in his honor during World War II. Lejeune is often referred to in the present day as being the "greatest of all Leathernecks" and the "Marine's Marine."

 
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Major General John A. Lejeune, U.S. Marine Corps, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1920–1929)


MOH Recipient(s) Private Frank J. Bart U.S. Army, Company C, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division.
being on duty as a company runner, when the advance was held up by machinegun fire voluntarily picked up an automatic rifle, ran out ahead of the line, and silenced a hostile machinegun nest, killing the German gunners. The advance then continued, and when it was again hindered shortly afterward by another machinegun nest this courageous soldier repeated his bold exploit by putting the second machinegun out of action.

 


PVT Frank J. Bart



MOH Recipient(s) SFC Junior D. Edwards,U.S. Army, Company E, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. 
SFC Edwards, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, while assisting in the defense of a strategic hill, was forced out of its position and came under vicious raking fire from an enemy machine gun set up on adjacent high ground, SFC Edwards individually charged the hostile emplacement, throwing grenades as he advanced. The enemy withdrew but returned to deliver devastating fire when he had expended his ammunition. Securing a fresh supply of grenades, he again charged the emplacement, neutralized the weapon and killed the crew, but was forced back by hostile small-arms fire. When the enemy emplaced another machine gun and resumed fire, SFC Edwards again renewed his supply of grenades, rushed a third time through a vicious hail of fire, silenced this second gun and annihilated its crew. In this third daring assault he was mortally wounded but his indomitable courage and successful action enabled his platoon to regain and hold the vital strongpoint. SFC Edwards' consummate valor and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the utmost glory upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the Infantry and military service. 
 

JUNIOR D. EDWARDS
SFC Junior D. Edwards 

MOH Recipient (s) Corporal Victor H. Espinoza,U.S. Army, Company A, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. 
 For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Acting Rifleman in Company A, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Chorwon, Korea on 1 August 1952. On that day, Corporal Espinoza and his unit were responsible for securing and holding a vital enemy hill. As the friendly unit neared its objective, it was subjected to a devastating volume of enemy fire, slowing its progress. Corporal Espinoza, unhesitatingly and being fully aware of the hazards involved, left his place of comparative safety and made a deliberate one man assault on the enemy with his rifle and grenades, destroying a machinegun and killing its crew. Corporal Espinoza continued across the fire-swept terrain to an exposed vantage point where he attacked an enemy mortar position and two bunkers with grenades and rifle fire, knocking out the enemy mortar position and destroying both bunkers and killing their occupants. Upon reaching the crest, and after running out of rifle ammunition, he called for more grenades. A comrade who was behind him threw some Chinese grenades to him. Immediately upon catching them, he pulled the pins and hurled them into the occupied trenches, killing and wounding more of the enemy with their own weapons. Continuing on through a tunnel, Corporal Espinoza made a daring charge, inflicting at least seven more casualties upon the enemy who were fast retreating into the tunnel. Corporal Espinoza was quickly in pursuit, but the hostile fire from the opening prevented him from overtaking the retreating enemy. As a result, Corporal Espinoza destroyed the tunnel with TNT, called for more grenades from his company, and hurled them at the enemy troops until they were out of reach. Corporal Espinoza’s incredible display of valor secured the vital strong point and took a heavy toll on the enemy, resulting in at least fourteen dead and eleven wounded. Corporal Espinoza’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
 

Corporal Victor H. Espinoza

Victor H. Espinoza


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2nd Infantry Division

Griffiths, Jack David, MAJ, (1941-1951) FA 1193 Major
Yde, Erik Faddersboll, CPT, (1938-1951) FA 1193 Captain
Westerman, Samuel Vern, 1LT, (1944-1950) FA 1193 First Lieutenant
Nava, Adolphus David, CW2, (1945-1951) FA 1193 Chief Warrant Officer 2
Keiser, Laurence, MG, (1917-1953) USA 00GC Major General
Keiser, Laurence, MG, (1917-1952) USA 00GC Major General
Stewart, George, MG, (1923-1954) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Vails, Maxwell Woodrow, MAJ, (1942-1950) IN 1542 Major
Walker, William Henry, MAJ, (1935-1951) QM 4010 Major
Wittkower, Jr, Louis, LTC, (1939-1962) MP 9110 Major
Bartholdi, Cyril Sylvester, MAJ, (1940-1950) IN 1542 Captain
McCarrell, Raymond James, CPT, (1941-1951) IN 1542 Captain
Falk, Herman Louis, 1LT, (1950-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Van Fradenburg, Monell, 1LT, (1943-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Wadsworth, William McCoy, 1LT, (1944-1950) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Wallace, Clyde Lewis, 1LT, (1942-1951) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Herbert, Anthony B., LTC, (1947-1972) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Lilly, Edmund Jones, 2LT, (1946-1950) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
McGovern, Francis Jerome, 2LT, (1948-1951) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Toon, Albert Elisha, 2LT, (1940-1950) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Valachovic, William Michael, 2LT, (1941-1950) AD 1174 Second Lieutenant
Vanoy, Martin Daniel, 2LT, (1940-1950) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Beed, Milton Marion, SFC, (1945-1951) QM 3060 Sergeant First Class
Cushman, Richard Granville, SFC, (1950-1951) AR 3795 Sergeant First Class
Hannah, Gordon Leslie, SFC, (1942-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
McMillian, Raymond Keen, SFC, (1950-1954) MD 3666 Sergeant First Class
Smith, Lawrence James, SFC, (1943-1954) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Vagg, John Wallace, SFC, (1948-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant First Class
Vaillancourt, John Edward, SFC, (1948-1951) EN 4466 Sergeant First Class
Valencourt, Joseph Francis, SFC, (1945-1953) FA 2704 Sergeant First Class
Walker, Earl F., SFC, (1943-1950) IN 1812 Sergeant First Class
Walker, Henry Lee, SFC, (1945-1953) SC 1766 Sergeant First Class
Walker, Hugh William, SFC, (1942-1950) QM 3060 Sergeant First Class
Walker, Jesse Louis, SFC, (1946-1950) IN 1745 Sergeant First Class
Walker, Lester Ray, SFC, (1950-1953) FA 4602 Sergeant First Class
Chinn, Leonard Kelsey, M/Sgt, (1940-1951) QM 1824 Master Sergeant
Davis, Finley James, M/Sgt, (1942-1951) EN 1729 Master Sergeant
Van Meter, Herbert L., M/Sgt, (1941-1950) IN 1745 Master Sergeant
Walker, Leroy Manly, M/Sgt, (1945-1951) SC 1542 Master Sergeant
Woodroof, Edward Cronkhite, M/Sgt, (1941-1951) AD 1602 Master Sergeant
Arthur, Patrick James, SFC, (1942-1951) IN 1745 Technical Sergeant
Koon, George, T/Sgt, (1942-1950) MD 1666 Technical Sergeant
Norman, Carl Leslie, SFC, (1942-1950) IN 1812 Staff Sergeant
Abney, Homer Ray, Sgt, (1950-1951) IN 4745 Sergeant
Ackerman, Albert A, Sgt, (1944-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant
Barra, Michael James, Sgt, (1949-1951) QM 1583 Sergeant
Gordon, Paul Marshall, Sgt, (1949-1951) IN 4745 Sergeant
Grant, Thomas, SFC, (1947-1967) IN 4745 Sergeant
Hall, John Westley, Sgt, (1950-1951) QM 3060 Sergeant
Kaufman, Loren R., SFC, (1941-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant
Larkins, William Allen, Sgt, (1950-1951) FA 3844 Sergeant
Long, Charles Richard, Sgt, (1943-1951) IN 1745 Sergeant
Morris, Stafford L., Sgt, (1949-1951) FA 3844 Sergeant
Mueller, Gerald Joseph, Sgt, (1950-1951) FA 4602 Sergeant
Noehren, Donald Dean, Sgt, (1948-1951) EN 3729 Sergeant
Patete, Peter Albert, Sgt, (1949-1950) IN 4745 Sergeant
Rowe, Willie, Sgt, (1946-1951) IN 4745 Sergeant
Smith, James Ernest, Sgt, (1949-1951) IN 4745 Sergeant
Stryker, James Nelson, Sgt, (1949-1953) IN 4745 Sergeant

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