Class Memorial Pages\E-2 Ralph Garretson.pdf
It is noticed that a couple of items should be filled in on
the Class Memorial Page linked to the LRC page:
Wife: Diana "Punkie" Gerretson died
March 21, 2017, as noted at the beginning of this email string
Children: Dr. Ralph B. Garretson III,
Warrantor, Virginia; and Ellis Garretson Cain, Stafford Virginia
Step-Children: Croft, Chris, Mary Kay,
David, and Steven Edwards
Grandchildren: nine -- five
granddaughters, four grandsons
In memory of
B. Garretson Jr.
– forever my big brother
US Army, 1961-1983
My brother grew up
within the finest traditions of the Army, so it was only natural that he went to
West Point (class of 1961). He served in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and various
posts in the US; and taught armored tactics at West Point. His primary
specialties were as an Armor Officer, an Operations Research/Systems Analyst,
and Ranger-Parachutist. He retired in 1983. We are proud of the commendations he
Lack, Viet Nam –
Medals (1 OLC),
Meritorious Service Medal
In addition to honoring
the lifetime of service he devoted to our country, we, the family, remember him
as a smart, hard-working, and caring person, at the same time we deeply miss him
and the joy he infused into any gathering.
Ralph died too young,
in October 1987, run over by a drunk driver near Midland, Texas. As a retired
officer still in his prime, he was en route to Washington, DC to discuss a
contract in which his military and computer skills might still be used in
service to our country.
Memorial Day 2017
This Memorial Day is fitting to
remember our fallen.
In that respect you have put
into words some of our own thoughts.
I too remember Ralph warmly.
There is my own regret that
during our active duty years I did not stay in touch with him.
We were company mates as you
know and I felt had a lot in common.
Thank you for sharing your
special memories of your "big brother"