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Ralph B. Garretson, Jr.

Company E-2

6 Dec 1939 - 4 Oct 1987

Place of Death: Midland, TX

Interment: Fort Bayard National Cemetery, Fort Bayard, NM


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

LTC (R) Ralph 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 earned, including:

         Silver Star, Dong Lack, Viet Nam 3/5 CAV

         Bronze Star, Viet Nam

         Air Medals (1 OLC), Viet Nam

         Meritorious Service Medal

         Army Commendation Medal

         Ranger Tab

         Expert Infantryman Badge

         Parachute Badge

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.

Ann Garretson Marshall
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"

Marty Ganderson