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Maj George Ralph Cleveland
Birth: Sep. 2, 1917
Rochester
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 1997
Luray
Page County
Virginia, USA

Uncle George was my paternal grandmother's brother. My father's uncle. He was a Major in the U.S. Army. He fought in Europe during WWII. We never talked about that much. All I can remember him telling me was that he spent most of it in a trench in France. He was wounded there. He said he "caught shrapnel in the face." Purple heart. I saw a news clipping once that described his home coming. It called him a hero. There was a celebration. We talked more about the Civil War. I was named after George. When we saw each other, we would make that one word we shared our greeting. Even when I was a little boy. It brought a twinkle to his eye. Come to think, that twinkle was rather ever present. After his military career he became a computer programmer for the United States. I recall the boxes of punch cards he stored. He tried to explain to me how they made the computers do what he told them. He and his wonderful wife Jacquelyn lived on the top floor of the tallest building I had been in at the time. He wore a dark suit with a thin black tie. Sharply appointed. Once he took me to dinner at the officer's club at Ft. Meyer. I was a young lad, but wore a suit like his. After his computer career he took up a third. He bought a grand old antebellum place in the valley, on the Shenandoah and raised cattle. His suit and tie gave way to overalls and tee shirt. You could still see the twinkle behind his paint-spattered glasses. A long white beard replaced the clean cut chin of the government. He was a man of great intellect who had a way of making a debate out of any discussion. I am convinced that in most cases he agreed with whom he was debating but used the exercise to ensure all facets were covered and open-mindedness prevailed. He had a subtle laugh that produced a low whistle at times. It was unique and fit him. He took interest in things German. When I was about six he presented me with a tracht, the German short suit, with a green hat, complete with pheasant feather. He collected fine steins. I still have the one he gave me as a child. He and Jackie never bore children. They adopted two, years apart. George was the best man I ever knew, so proud I am to carry the name. 
 
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  Marie Jacqueline Cleveland (____ - 2014)
 
Burial:
Beahms Chapel Cemetery
Luray
Page County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec.12 Plot 0
 
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Feb 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8402405
Maj George Ralph Cleveland
Added by: George Seitz
 
Maj George Ralph Cleveland
Added by: George Seitz
 
 
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A noble veteran. Thank you.
- George Seitz
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Honor Duty Country
- George Seitz
 Added: Nov. 11, 2012
On Veterans Day I must thank you!
- George
 Added: Nov. 11, 2010
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