Starner, Ralph Allen, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1946 - 1970
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1921
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Starner, Ralph Allen, COL.
 
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Home Town
Omaha, Nebraska
Last Address
Honolulu, Hawaii

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 1970
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Plot: Sec: 46, Site: 794-16

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Ralph Allen Starner was born on 19 August 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Starner family soon moved to Hoffman, Minnesota, where Ralph spent his early years. Following graduation from high school he attended Concordia College at Moorhead, Minnesota, earning a degree in chemistry. Ralph became a Cadet at the United States Military Academy on 1 July 1943.

Ralph quickly won the esteem and respect of his associates in the Corps of Cadets and established a reputation as a man of strong character and high moral principles. A classmate had this to say in the 1946 HOWITZER: "Ralph makes friends very easily and we are sure he will be a credit to the long gray line.” As did many of his associates, Ralph entered pilot training during Third Class year. He was assigned to flight school at Chickasha, Oklahoma, and during this short tour of duty he met his wife, Joy Jones, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, then a college student at nearby Oklahoma College for Women. Ralph graduated with the Class of 1946 on 4 June 1946 and was commissioned in the Field Artillery.

Ralph and Joy Jones were married at Ardmore, Oklahoma, on 30 August 1946 during graduation leave. Ralph attended the Field Artillery Officers Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Bliss, Texas, until mid-1947 when he joined the 472d Field Artillery Battalion, 11th Airborne Division, in Japan. The Stamers' son, Steven Gage Starner, was born at Jinmachi, Japan, on 13 January 1949. In the fall of 1950, Ralph entered combat in Korea with the 674th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion of the 187th Regimental Combat Team and participated in both parachute landings made by the 187th Regimental Combat Team. This tour in Korea was followed by duty with the 675th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Ralph returned to Fort Sill in 1952, where he attended the Artillery Officers Advanced Course in 1952-1953. Next came a civil schooling assignment at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where Ralph earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He then returned to Fort Sill for duty with the Artillery School in the Communications-Electronics Department until 1959. The next permanent change of station took him to the Command and General Staff College for the regular course of 1959-1960. Ralph then commenced a four year tour of duty in Germany with several duty assignments: the 2d Howitzer Battalion, 7th Artillery (60-61); Cl Section, Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division (61-62); Personnel and Administration Division, Headquarters United States Army Europe (62-63); and Commanding Officer, 6th Battalion, 40th Artillery (6364).

Following this duty in Germany Ralph was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Research and Development, Department of the Army, until early 1967. He then began a two year tour with the American Standardization Group in the United Kingdom and was assigned to duty with the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill, England. From England, Ralph was ordered to duty with the 1st Signal Brigade, United States Army Strategic Communications Command, Vietnam, where he spent a challenging and rewarding year.

Colonel Starner had just commenced a long-awaited tour of duty in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks with the Headquarters, United States Army, Hawaii, when he died suddenly and unexpectedly on 9 September 1970. Graveside services were conducted at Arlington National Cemetery on 16 September 1970.

Ralph was a highly competent, intensely dedicated professional soldier who epitomized the motto, Duty, Honor, Country. He was liked and respected by all with whom he was associated. Ralph was also a strong family man and extremely proud of Steve, who was commissioned in the Field Artillery upon graduation from the United States Military Academy with the Class of 1970. Ralph carefully charted the ups and downs of Steve’s academic and military aptitude standings, and periodically provided fatherly "buck-up” counselling. He was extremely pleased that he could return from Vietnam for June Week and to administer the oath to his son. We are certain that Ralph would have been equally pleased and proud on the occasion of Steve’s marriage on 14 February 1971 to Mary Frances Scott, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Willard W. Scott Jr., Field Artillery, Class of 1948.

As a classmate so wisely observed twenty-five years ago Ralph is truly a credit to the long gray line. Of his all too few years on earth, “May it be said, ‘Well done, Be thou at peace’.’’

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25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)

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Blade, Gene, COL, (1954-1994) IN 11A Colonel
Payne, Henry, COL, (1970-2008) IN 11A Colonel
Garner, Harold, LTC, (1954-1974) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Lawhon, Edward, LTC, (1963-1992) 48B Lieutenant Colonel
Meyer, Jules Raymond, LTC, (1943-1970) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Morgillo, Michael, LTC, (1970-1991) LO 2625 Lieutenant Colonel
Stevens, Robert, LTC, (1961-1990) SF 18A Lieutenant Colonel
Crawford, Larry, MAJ, (1968-1982) IN 11A Major
Neiman, Randy, MAJ, (1968-1982) IN 1560 Major
Andrews, Howard Rivers, CPT, (1969-1970) JA 8103 Captain
Artz, Jon, CPT, (1960-1980) IN 1542 Captain
Beek, John Lawrence, CPT, (1964-1970) CM 7315 Captain
Behne, Edward Lee, MAJ, (1959-1979) AV 1981 Captain
Bowman, Paul Barkley, CPT, (1966-1970) CM 7315 Captain
Branch, William Anderson, CPT, (1964-1970) IN 1542 Captain
Byrd, William Larry, CPT, (1966-1970) IN 1542 Captain
Dauphinee, Henry, MAJ, (1966-1985) IN 1542 Captain
Greathouse, Wendell, CPT, (1969-1971) SC 210 Captain
Harvard, Albert, MAJ, (1957-1979) Captain
Hatler, Gaylord, CPT CH 5310 Captain
Kaldi, Rudolph, CPT, (1966-1970) IN 1542 Captain
McFall, Thomas D., CPT, (1967-1970) IN 1542 Captain
Monaghan, Gerard, LTC, (1967-1995) AG 2110 Captain
Monaghan, Gerard, LTC, (1967-1995) AG 5505 Captain
Myers, David, LTC, (1969-2003) MP 9110 Captain
Prince, Joseph Stephen, CPT, (1965-1970) Captain
Richardson, Dale Wayne, MAJ, (1965-1970) AR 1203 Captain
Young, Robert Milton, CPT, (1967-1972) Captain
Zonne, Robert John, CPT, (1965-1970) IN 2163 Captain
Carter, Linwood Charles, 1LT, (1969-1970) AR 1204 First Lieutenant
De Masi, Michael Armond, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant
Dee, Kenneth Samuel, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant
Ellinger, Victor Lee, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Epperson, Steven Gill, 1LT, (1968-1970) AR 1203 First Lieutenant
Fielding, Craig Pyper, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant
Fogarty, James, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Frasher, Gary Dean, 1LT, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Fritts, Tom, MAJ, (1968-1980) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Gay, William Ellis, 1LT, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Grace, Ted, 1LT, (1969-1971) FA 1193 First Lieutenant
Heitner, Dennis Edward, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Hill, John Edwin, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Hill, John Edwin, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Hines, Lonne, 1LT, (1968-1970) FA 1193 First Lieutenant
Ingrum, John Daniel, 1LT, (1969-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Kaster, Stephen Joseph, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant
Kolb, Ronald Victor, 1LT, (1969-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Lynch, Stephen William, CPT, (1969-1972) FA 1154 First Lieutenant
Nabben, Arthur S., 1LT, (1969-1971) AR 1204 First Lieutenant
Orr, Merlin George, 1LT, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Peterson, Michael Harreld, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant
Peyton, Richard, 1LT, (1966-1970) FI First Lieutenant
Politi, James, 1LT, (1968-1970) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Reynoso, Jose Luz Mendez, MAJ, (1968-1988) FA 1154 First Lieutenant
Sharp, William, LTC, (1963-1993) IN 11A First Lieutenant
Smith, Andrew David, 1LT, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Steindam, Russell A., 1LT, (1968-1970) AR 1204 First Lieutenant
Tuttle, Nelson Payne, 1LT, (1968-1970) First Lieutenant

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