RALPH HAAS, LTCOL, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ralph Haas '36

Date of birth: June 10, 1913

Date of death: February 20, 1945

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Ralph was lost in the first night of fighting at Iwo Jima on February 20, 1945. From NPS.gov:

One high velocity round landed directly in the hole occupied by the 1st Battalion, 23d Marines' commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Haas, killing him instantly.

His parents were listed as next of kin. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Of the 24 infantry battalion commanders who went ashore at Iwo Jima on D-Day, only "seven remained unwounded and still retained command at the battle's end."

In 1939, as a 1st Lt., he had been designated a naval aviator (#6053).


Class of 1936

Ralph is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 in Memorial Hall.