|Birth: ||May 23, 1918|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2012|
Edward "Ringgold" Elburn, age 93, departed this life on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Safe Haven Manor in Sudlersville, MD.
Ringgold was born on May 23, 1918 near Chestertown, MD in Queen Anne's County, the third son of Walter Ludlow Elburn and Mary Rebecca "Molly" Ringgold of Elburn's Florist and Greenhouses fame.
Ringgold is predeceased in death by his wife of 50 years, Mabel Elizabeth Miller Elburn (January 5, 1918 to January 4, 1993). He is also preceded in death by brothers, William "Walter" Elburn, Joseph Arters "Joe" Elburn, Thomas Franklin Elburn and James Ellsworth "Jimmy" Elburn.
He is survived by one brother, Richard Deford "Dick" Elburn of Chestertown, MD.
Ringgold is also survived by one son, Carl Edward Elburn and wife Harriett Rebecca "Becky" Lusby of Chestertown, MD and one daughter, Joan Elizabeth Elburn Farley and husband William Lloyd "Bill" Farley of King George, VA. He is survived by three grandchildren: Christopher Edward "Chris" Elburn and wife Ioana Dudu of Hanover, MD; Carrie Ann Elburn of Chestertown, MD and Trail Ringgold Farley of Alexandria, VA. Ringgold is survived by four great grandchildren: Blade Edward Carroll and Logan Scott Carroll of Chestertown, MD and Shelby Briana Elburn and Sophia Alexandra Elburn of Hanover, Maryland. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces and their families.
Ringgold Elburn graduated with honors from Church Hill High School in 1935, receiving the Good Citizenship Medal awarded by the Sons of the American Revolution. At age 17, Ringgold adjusted his birthdate to allow himself to enlist in the Maryland National Guard on December 1, 1936. He was called to active duty in the United States Army on February 1, 1941 and served with the 115th Infantry, 29th Division, 2nd Battalion Medical Detachment – the "Medicos" of Chestertown, MD.
He married Mabel Elizabeth Miller on April 11, 1942 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Church Hill, MD before being deployed to England on the Queen Elizabeth in September 1942.
Ringgold Elburn landed with the Medical Detachment in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He would follow the front line throughout the duration of World War II until the Russians were met in Germany and the German surrender. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received at St. Lo', France and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery. Ringgold was honorably discharged on June 27, 1945 at Fort Meade, MD.
Ringgold reenlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard in 1947, where he would form Company G and be promoted to 1st Sergeant, a rank he held until retirement on May 23, 1978.
1st Sergeant Edward Ringgold Elburn's military career is documented in numerous publication, books, newspaper articles, and internet websites. Books include "Young American Patriots – The Youth of Maryland and Delaware in World War II", "the 115th Infantry Regiment in World War II" by Joseph Binkowski and Arthur Plaut, "The GI's War" by Edwin P. Hoyt, and "29th Division… A Division of Heroes" by Laurent Lefebvre.
He was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Sun on June 4, 1994 as part of their "D-Day: Prelude to Triumph" series.
Ringgold is documented in the Library of Congress American Folk life Center Veteran's History Project, the 29th Infantry Division Historical Society, the National D-Day Memorial library at Bedford, VA, the National World War II Memorial Registry in Washington, DC and the National Purple Heart Wall of Honor.
On December 5, 1993, the drill floor at the Chestertown National Guard Armory was dedicated to 1st Sergeant (Ret) Edward Ringgold Elburn as "Elburn Hall". From remarks made by Major General James F. Fretterd on the day, "1st Sgt. Edward Ringgold Elburn is an individual who epitomizes the dedication, courage, and tenacity of a citizen-soldier. He was an outstanding role model for all those fortunate enough to serve with him. He looked like a soldier and certainly acted like one."
Ringgold would return to Normandy twice within the 29th Division Association, in 1978 and again in 1994.
He was immediately eligible for and was in the process of being awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by French Consulate. However, the award had not been processed at the time of his death and unfortunately it is not awarded posthumously.
Besides his extensive military career, Ringgold was an avid gardener and truck farmer, well known for the quality and abundance of his produce. He and wife Mabel owned and operated Elburn's Produce Stand in Kingstown for many years, and Ringgold was in the grass roots formation of the weekly Chestertown Farmer's Market held in the town square on Saturdays.
He loved and collected antiques, particularly oil lamps, and loved to salvage and refinish antique furniture.
Ringgold was a loving husband, son, father and uncle. No one whose life he touched will ever forget his vitality, zest for life, wit and wisdom.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home 130 Speer Road Chestertown, MD. Ringgold will be cremated in accordance with his wishes. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home Chestertown, MD, followed by a reception of memories, companionship and love at the funeral home. Ringgold will be interred at Chester Cemetery next to his wife, Mabel. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.
The family request the memorial donations in 1st Sergeant (Ret) Edward Ringgold Elburn's name be made to your favorite charity or to one of the following. Hospice of Queen Anne's, Inc. 255 Comet Drive Centreville, MD 21617, Safe Haven Manor 104 Charles Street Sudlersville, MD 21668. The National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford, VA 24523, Wounded Warrior Project 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700 Washington DC 20005, Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111Rockville Pike Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850, or the Historical Society of Kent County P.O. Box 665 Chestertown, MD 21620.
Walter Ludlow Elburn (1873 - 1969)
Mary Rebecca Ringgold Elburn (1888 - 1968)
Mabel Elizabeth Miller Elburn (1918 - 1993)*
William Walter Elburn (1911 - 1999)*
Joseph Arters Elburn (1916 - 2000)*
Edward Ringgold Elburn (1918 - 2012)
Thomas Franklin Elburn (1921 - 1921)*
Richard Deford Elburn (1922 - 2012)*
James Ellsworth Elburn (1926 - 1943)*
WORLD WAR II
MAY 23 1918
MAR 3 2012
Maintained by: JOAN ELBURN FARLEY
Originally Created by: Corey & Douglas Marshall...
Record added: Mar 22, 2012
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