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
First Crosby County Boy Killed In War Will Be Buried Fri.
Claude R. Ramseur, first Crosby county serviceman to lose his life in World War II, will be buried Friday at Ralls at 2 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the Ralls Baptist church, with Rev. James S. Abernethy, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Ralls cemetery.
Ramseur, who served in the U.S. Navy, was killed June 16, 1943. He was 18 years of age at the time of his death.
His body arrived by funeral ship in San Francisco recently and was scheduled to arrive in Ralls Thursday morning from the Fort Worth distribution center.
A military funeral will be conducted at the grave by the Ralls post of the American Legion.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ollie Chote, who lives southwest of Crosbyton; his father, Will Ramseur, Ralls; a sister, Mrs. Matt B. Smith, jr., Fort Worth, and a half brother, Ollie Lee Chote.
The Crosbyton Review, Friday, March 19, 1948
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