|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1925|
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1945, Philippines|
Ralph's regiment the 164th Infantry engaged in jungle warfare in the Pacific during World War II. The 164th was part of the AmeriCal Division so named for its formation on New Calidonia, the only Division not numbered. Often fighting along side of Marine forces, the regiment was nicknamed the "164th Marines". Beginning in Jan 1945, the AmeriCal Division was cleaning out Japanese resistance forces on the Philippines. Ralph's unit and date of passing indicates he was killed in action during these operations.
SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, March 15, 1945 edition, Front Page
LOSES 2ND SON IN U.S. Army; KILLED ON LEYTE
Mrs. Isabel B. Abreu of 412 San Francisco, learned today of the death of her second soldier son.
PFC Rafael A. Abreu, 18, was killed on Leyte Feb. 18, the mother was notified by the War Department. A brother, Alex P. Abreu, died in the Panama Canal Zone in 1942.
Rafael Abreu enlisted in the Army in March, 1944. He is survived by brothers Joe of Bernice, Calif.; James of Bingham, Utah; Paul, Sacramento, Calif.; sisters Mrs. George McDonald, Dragerton, Utah; Mrs. Esther Martinez of 432 San Francisco, whose husband Estevan is under treatment for a wound received in Germany; Mrs. Alice Neal of Redding, Calif.
Rafael Abreu attended school for a time in Santa Fe but was a high school student in California when he enlisted.
WORLD WAR II
PFC, US ARMY
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Q, 0, 53
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 253261
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