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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 26, 1915
Date of death: September 5, 1942
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



A combination of a scholar and an athlete, Ralph is the ideal type of man one seldom meets. Starting Plebe year in what promised to be a brilliant athletic career, he was stopped for a time by injuries; but doggedly persistent, he succeeded in overcoming his reverses. Youngster year found him handling left field on the varsity nine. By steadily upholding his good record in studies and at the same time being a versatile player on the diamond, he has shown himself to be an all around man. His conversation, forceful and interesting, makes him a pleasant companion, and his Southern accent immediately identifies him. Determination will carry him far in life, and the Navy will find his varied capabilities valuable when he wears his commission star.

Football 4, 2, 1; Baseball 4, 3, 2, 1, N*; 3 Stripes.


Ralph was captured following the fall of Corregidor; he later died as a prisoner on September 5, 1942. He commanded a guard detail at Bataan HQ.

He has a memory marker in Arkansas; his father is listed as next of kin.

Class of 1939 Marines at the Fall of Corregidor

At least seven Marines of the Class of 1939 were captured by the Japanese when Corregidor fell in May 1942; six of them perished in captivity. Four were awarded the Navy Cross for their heroism and distinguished service in six months of combat under arduous and increasingly desperate conditions. A fifth was awarded the Navy Cross for action in the Korean War.

Two men — William Hogaboom and Willard Holdredge — had extremely similar experiences, and are often mentioned together in after-action reports. Carter Simpson's was also similar; he also managed to keep an exceptionally interesting diary that survived the war. All three of these Marines were killed during or immediately after the attack on Oryoku Maru on December 14, 1945.

A fourth classmate, Ralph Mann, Jr., died in captivity in September 1942.

The final two, Hugh Tistadt, Jr. and John Fantone, survived the Oryoku Maru attack but perished in POW camps a few months later.

A seventh classmate, William Harris, was also captured, but escaped by swimming across Manila Bay from Corregidor to Bataan on May 22, 1942. He was later recaptured and tortured by the Japanese but survived the war to personally witness the Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism in the Korean War.

Prisoner of War

From Hall of Valor:

First Lieutenant Ralph Carlton Mann, Jr (MCSN: 0-5919), United States Marine Corps, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: May 7, 1942 - June 11, 1943
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)

Class Navigation

Class of 1939
Ralph is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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