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Ralph
Gabriel Erdely

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  10/13/44
Birth Place:  Quincy, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
 
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Mother's Name:  Mrs. Tremble
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Marital Status:  Single
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Education:
 
School Attended:  Cathedral Grammar School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/6/51
 
School Attended:  Acushnet Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  3/26/56
 
School Attended:  Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/4/57
 
High School Diploma:  No
 
Selective Service Data:
 
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Military Service Record:
 
Entry Date:  3/7/62
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
 
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
 
Military Branch:  Marine Corps
Military Component:  Regular
 
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Rank Abbrev:  LCPL
Pay Grade:  E3
 
MOS:  311
MOS Title:  Rifleman
 
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal with "V" device; Purple Heart Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
 
Badges Earned:  Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
 
Length Of Service:  4 years
 
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
 
Date Tour Commenced:  10/21/65
 
Major Command:  3rd Marine Division (Reinforced), FMF
Sub Command 1:  9th Marines
Sub Command 2:  1st Battalion
Sub Command 3:  Company B
 
Army Campaign Number:  2nd
Army Campaign Name:  Defense
 
Casualty Data:
 
Casualty Date:  5/12/66
Casualty Time:  1000
 
Co-Casualties:  KIA:  LCPL E. Caceres; PFC N.A. Denning; CPL J.R. Howell; LCPL R.W. Huntoon; PFC R.E. Jones; PFC R.H. Justis; HN P. Munoz, USN; PFC W.S. Perkins; PFC J.J. Schultz Jr; PFC T.R. White; SGT D.C. Young
 
Casualty Age:  21
 
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire
 
Casualty Province:  Quang Nam Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Located In Or Near:  village of Hoa Tay
 
Body:  Recovered
 
Burial/Memorial: 
 
Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  St. Leo 2253
Burial Date:  5/21/66
 
Consigned Funeral Home:  Tazzini Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
 
Escort Name:  LCPL Tyler H. Messer, USMC
 
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  4th
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  07E
                                                  Line Number:  52


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