RALPH HAAS, LTCOL, USMC
Ralph Haas '36
Date of birth: June 10, 1913
Date of death: February 20, 1945
From the 1936 Lucky Bag:
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.
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).