From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ralph Branch '16

Date of birth: July 29, 1893

Date of death: September 8, 1918

Age: 25

Naval Academy Register

Ralph Ashburn Branch was admitted to the Naval Academy from Kansas on July 20, 1912 at age 19 years 0 months.

He resigned on May 19, 1913.


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Ralph Ashburn Branch was lost on September 8, 1918 while fighting German forces. Unable to find any details, but he was a member of M Co., 109th Infantry Regiment, which was on the Western Front at the time, only a few weeks from the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

From Find A Grave:

Born at Muncie, Indiana, July 16, 1895. Graduated from Fairmount College 1915, and attended Kansas University 1916. Held commission of first Lieutenant. Died September, 1918, of wounds received in Argonne Battle.

He was survived by his parents and younger brother; Ralph is buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, Lorraine, France. He also has a memory marker in Missouri.

Ralph is listed on the killed in action panel in front of Memorial Hall.

Memorial Hall Error

Ralph was a 1LT; Memorial Hall has him as a 2LT.

Class of 1916

Ralph is one of 16 members of the Class of 1916 on Virtual Memorial Hall.