Surber, Ralph Edmonds, Jr., SSgt

Fallen
 
 Service Photo 
 Service Details
54 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 0311, H Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1941 - 1952

Staff Sergeant

 
 

 Last Photo 
 Personal Details 


Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1924
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Pamela Jeans (Pam)-Historian to remember Marine SSgt Ralph Edmonds Surber, Jr..

If you knew or served with this Marine and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston
Last Address
Charleston

Casualty Date
Oct 07, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Korea
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1952, Korean War Fallen

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar
Rifle MarksmanPistol Marksman

 
 Unit Assignments
29th Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1945-1945, 0311, 2nd Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (2/29)
  1952-1952, 0311, H Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Attack of Combat Outpost Frisco
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Finding The Families: DNA Sample Needed From Family. If you feel comfortable providing a Family DNA sample, please call the Marine Corps at 1-800-847-1597. We encourage all additional family members to call the Marine Corps Casualty Service Officer to let the Air Force know you care about the loss and any future discoveries. 1-800-847-1597

 
   
Comments/Citation

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Ralph Edmonds Surber, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Sergeant of Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 13 to 15 August 1952.

With the company engaged in defending a vitally important hill position far forward of the main line of resistance, Staff Sergeant Surber skillfully moved his platoon into position under extremely heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire and expertly deployed his men over the platoon's assigned sector of the hill. Constantly exposing himself to the intense fire, he personally supervised his platoon in setting up positions and encouraged his men who were suffering from exhaustion and intense heat. When the enemy attacked, he picked up an automatic rifle and delivered devastating fire into the oncoming force, inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy and forcing their withdrawal. Although painfully wounded, he continued to aid his platoon and repeatedly rushed through the heavy enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire to carry urgently needed ammunition and water to his men.

By his aggressive fighting spirit, cool courage and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Surber served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: August 13 - 15, 1952
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company H
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)


Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Ralph Edmonds Surber, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Sergeant of Company H, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on the night of 6 - 7 October 1952.

When a bunker collapsed and buried a fellow Marine while the unit was defending a vital outpost during an intense hostile mortar and artillery bombardment on the position, Staff Sergeant Surber rushed to the scene in a brave attempt to aid his comrade. Undeterred by the devastating enemy fire falling all around him, he continued to clear away the debris until the wounded man had been rescued, and evacuated the casualty to the command post for medical treatment. Later, when hostile forces overran the outpost during a savage attack, he boldly led his men in hand-to-hand combat and, although his weapon was destroyed, continued to fight barehanded until he fell, mortally wounded.

By his outstanding courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Surber served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: October 6 - 7, 1952
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company H
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

 
   
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011