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"Up at 7. Got letters from Johnny Draghi, Jack, Mother, and Jen. Also an Easter card from Jen. Yesterday German planes bombed the rear command post hitting two fellows in headquarters company. Washed up this morning and washed some socks." (Diary entry, April 5, 1943, page 80)

   Ralph B. DeForest
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Ralph DeForest in uniform
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: A&P Platoon, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Service Location: North Africa; Algeria; French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Normandy, France; Belgium; Rhineland, Germany
Rank: Sergeant
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Ralph DeForest was in the Army infantry exactly four years to the day, from June 25, 1941 to June 25, 1945. He saw action in North Africa and Sicily, and he landed on Normandy five days after D-Day. In Tunisia he saw the aftermath of the Battle of Kasserine Pass and reported on subsequent action, mixing mundane chores with reports of casualties in his outfit. DeForest kept a running diary of his experiences, but he was asked not to turn it in when he was stationed in England prior to the Normandy invasion. He stopped only for a few months and restarted on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His collection also traces his career through clippings from his hometown paper in Stamford, CT.

»Photo Album  (7 photos)
»World War II Diary of Ralph D. DeForest [October 18, 1942-June 25, 1945]
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Soldier's Identification Card Honorable discharge [June 24, 1945] Separation Qualification Record
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Newsclipping "Doughboy Backs Luce's Proposal for Leave System" Newsclipping and photocopy of playing card "Bradley's Troops Widen Corridor Across Peninsula" Clipping: "Prayer book reveals picture of girl he knew back home"
Clipping: "Sgt. Ralph DeForest granted Silver Star" Clipping "One Stamford boy is missing in action" Clipping: "Veteran of Battles"
Clipping: "Stamford men complete Camp Croft training" [1941] Clipping: "Pfc. Ralph DeForest wins Purple Heart" Clipping: "Stamford soldier in Germany finds folder about home town"
Clipping: Sgt. Ralph DeForest granted discharge with 123 points" Clipping: "Two local soldiers win combat honor" Clipping: "The King looks them over"
Clipping: "On African Front" [Monday, December 21, 1942] Clipping: "DeForest's letters describes battles on African front." Clipping: "Two local soldiers win combat honor"

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