Baum, Ralph G, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
776-Radio Operator (Slow Speed)
Last MOSGroup
WWI & WWII SSN/MOS
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 776, 1st Parachute Bn/H&S Co
Service Years
1941 - 1943

Sergeant

 
 

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ilion
Last Address
60 W. North Street, Herkimer, New York

Casualty Date
Oct 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section Ext.3/4

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Basic Parachutist

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre) RTR, MCRD Parris IslandI MEF/1st Marine Division1st Parachute Regiment/1st Parachute Bn
  1941-1941, 0300, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre) RTR, MCRD Parris Island
  1942-1942, 776, 1st Marine Division/1st Signal Bn
  1942-1942, 776, 1st Parachute Bn/H&S Co
  1942-1942, 776, 1st Parachute Bn/H&S Co
  1942-1943, 776, 1st Parachute Bn/H&S Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 21 Oct 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Vella Lavella, British Solomon Islands.
 
   
Comments/Citation
BAUM, Ralph G, Sgt, 776 (Radio Operator)             SN: 316894
Born: 04 Nov 1916 New York
Enlisted USMC: 28 Jul 1941 DHS, Syracuse, NY (Home of Record: 60 W. North Street, Ilion, New York)
Died: 21 Oct 1943 (KIA, Vella Lavella, British Solomon Islands)
Interred: Oak Hill Cemetery, W German St. Herkimer, Herkimer County, NY 13350
 
Headquarters, Eastern Recruiting Division, 705 US Court House Building, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 1941 Pvt, HQ, ERD, Phila., PA "28Jul41; 28, Acc & enl at DHS Syracuse, N.Y., and tr to MB, Parris Island, SC"
3rd Recruit Bn, Recruit Depot, MB, Parris Island, SC
Jul 1941 Pvt, 3rdRecBn, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC "28Jul41; 30, Jdenl fr DHS, Syracuse, N.Y."
Aug 1941 Pvt, 3rdRecBn, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC "RI."
Sep 1941 Pvt, 3rdRecBn, RD, MB, Parris Island, SC "30, by S/Rs to RadCo, PSigBn, Quantico, Va."
 
Radio Company, Post Signal Battalion, Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA
Oct 1941 Pvt, RadCo, PSigBn, MB, Quantico, VA "1-10, fur.; 11-31, stud Rad School"
Jan 1942 Pvt, RadCo, PSigBn, MB, Quantico, VA "1-22, Stud Rad School; 23, to1st MarDiv, FMF, New River, NC "
1stSignal Company, 1st Marine Division, FMF, Marine Barracks, New River, NC
Jan 1942 Pvt, 1stSigCo, 1stMarDiv, FMF, MB, New River, NC "28Jul41; 24, jdfr RadCo, PSigBn, MB, Quantico, Va.(CP)"
 
Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, NJ
Apr 1942 PFC, MB, NAS, Lakehurst, NJ "1-24, stud parachutist; 25, qualified and designated as Parachutist; 26-30, awtg trans."
 
1st Marine Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jul 1942 PFC, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Aug 1942 PFC, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Gavutu-Tanambogo, Solomon Islands) "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Sep 1942 PFC, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Oct 1942 PFC, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Camp Kiser, Tontouta, New Caledonia) "Para; RadOp(CP)"
1st Marine Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment, 1st MAC, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1943 Cpl, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP); 1, pro."
Apr 1943 Sgt, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Jul 1943 Sgt, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Aug 1943 Sgt, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Sep 1943 Sgt, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP)"
Oct 1943 Sgt, H&S Co, 1stParaBn, 1stMarParReg, 1stMAC, FMF, In the Field "Para; RadOp(CP); 19, Fr Ruravia, Vella Lavella, B.S.I to Lambu Lambu, Vella Lavella, B.S.I., via Higgins boats conn beach defense thereat; 21, KIA at 0400, GO#20 does not apply; would have had exc char had he been dis; 21, interred Grave#8, Row#8, Plot#1 island cemetery, Vella Lavella, B.S.I."
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-3 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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