Wance, Ralph Ray, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 1542, 461st Infantry Battalion, Heavy Mortars
Service Years
1936 - 1953
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Huntsville, AL

Casualty Date
Jul 14, 1953
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korean War
Location of Interment
Maple Hill Cemetery - Huntsville, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1986, Korean War Fallen1

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
35th Infantry Division2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion461st Infantry Battalion, Heavy Mortars
  1944-1945, 1542, 35th Infantry Division
  1952-1953, 1542, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion
  1953-1953, 1542, 461st Infantry Battalion, Heavy Mortars
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune /Omaha Beach Landing
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Luttich
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Wance was a member of the 461st Infantry Battalion, Heavy Mortars, U.S. Army. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea on July 14, 1953.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Chemical Warfare Service) Ralph R. Wance, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 35th Infantry Division, in action at ****, Germany, on 6 March 1945. Lieutenant Wance was directing the fire of his unit in support of an infantry company when the enemy commenced an intense barrage. Disregarding personal safety, he left his position and exposed himself to the enemy artillery fire in order to direct more accurately the fire of his mortars. While so engaged, an enemy shell fragment smashed his wrist watch, but Lieutenant Wance gallantly remained exposed to the enemy fire and continued to direct his weapons. His actions are in accord with the military traditions of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 44 (June 17, 1945)
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