Claude Russell Ramseur Met Death On June 16, Somewhere In The South PacificRalls First Casualty of the War
Information disclosing the sad details of Claude Russell Ramseur's death, on June 16, were contained in a war dept. notice and death certificate, received in Ralls several days ago.
The first notification, received a month ago merely contained the information that Claude had been killed at sea and was buried on Allied soil. Young Ramseur had enlisted in the Navy the early part of this year, and it was in all probability, his first trip overseas.
Ramseur's grandfather, Mr. Will Stewart tells us that he, Stewart, does not even recall the boy having ever been outside of Texas before he enlisted. He was born and reared here in Ralls, and attended the Ralls Grade and high school.
Claude Russell Ramseur was born in Ralls June 7, 1925. At the time of his death he lacked four months of being 18 years old. (note: typed as appeared in paper, discrepancy on birth date.)
©Ralls Banner, 1943Submitted by Ralls Historical Museum
Remains Of Claude Ramseur To Arrive
Mrs. Ollie Chote received a telegram from the war department this week to the effect that the body of her son, Claude Ramseur, would arrive in San Francisco from Australia about Feb. 12.
The body will be brought to Ralls for a military funeral conducted by the local American Legion post.
Ramseur, Crosby county's first casualty in World War II, is the son of Will Ramseur of Ralls.
From Ralls Historical Museum, dated 1943Submitted by Grace Ashley
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