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1LT Ralph Wrigley Fulton

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1LT Ralph Wrigley Fulton

Birth
Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Death 25 Mar 1943 (aged 24)
Tunisia
Burial Erlanger, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
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Memorial ID 45818881 View Source
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Ralph Wrigley Fulton and his Twin Brother, Bruce Wrigley Fulton, were born on 07 Mar 1919, in Kenton County, Kentucky, the Twin Sons of Blaine and Hannah (nee Wrigley) Fulton. After Graduating from High School and Completing four years of College, Ralph entered the Service, with the U.S. Army Air Corps on 10 July 1941, at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. He became a Fighter Pilot, Serving with the U. S. Army Air Corps, 12 th Air Force, 81st Fighter Group, 93rd Fighter Squadron, flying P-39 Airacobra Aircraft, and was stationed in the MTO during WW II. Ralph W. Fulton attained the Rank of 1st Lieutenant. On 25 March 1943, Ralph Wrigley Fulton was Killed In Action Over or Near Tunisia, North Africa. The details of the Mission are Not Known at this Time. His remains were brought back to Erlanger, Kenton County, KY, and He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Erlanger, Kenton County, KY.

Ralph was survived by his Wife, Joyce (Nee Thomas) Fulton, (Children UNKNOWN), His Parents, Blaine and Hannah Wrigley Fulton, His sisters, Mrs. Edwin C. (Cora Mae Fulton) Gibson; Mrs. Kermit E. (Ruth Virginia Fulton) York; and Mrs. (Anna Lois Fulton) Faulkner; and By His Twin Brother, 1st Lt. Bruce W. Fulton, stationed in the MTO, with the
U. S. Army Air Corps, 12th Air Force, 86th Fighter Group, 527th Fighter Squadron.

The VFW, Post 6423 in Elsmere, Kenton County Kentucky was Named in Ralph's Honor.
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History of the 81st FG relating to Ralph W. Fulton's Service:

The 81st Fighter Group was one of the units allocated to support Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. Its group echelon landed on 8 November 1942, but the aircraft and pilots didn't begin to arrive until the
end of the year, and the group didn't enter service until January 1943. The group began by supporting the ground troops in Tunisia. Between April and July 1943 it used its P-39s to patrol off the African coast. During this period it provided protection for the invasions of Pantelleria and of Sicily.

Aircraft:
Bell P-39 Airacobra: 1942-1944
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt: 1944-1945

Timeline
13 January 1942:Constituted as 81st Pursuit Group (Interceptor)
9 February 1942: Activated
May 1942: Redesignated 81st Fighter Group
October 1942-February 1943 Moved to North Africa
January 1943-February 1944 Active with Twelfth Air Force, North Africa and Italy

Commanders (with date of appointment)
Captain Harry E Hammond: 5 May 1942
Captain John D Sureau: 10 May 1942
Lt. Colonel Paul M Jacobs: 22 May 1942
Lt. Colonel Kenneth S Wade: July 1942
Colonel Philip B Klein: May 1943

Main Bases
Morris Field, North Carolina: 9 February 1942
Dale Mabry Field, Florida: May 1942
Muroc, California: 28 June-2 October 1942
Mediouna, French Morocco: 5 January 1943
Thelepte, Tunisia: 22 January 1943
Le Kouif, Algeria: 17 February 1943
Youks-les-Bains, Algeria: 22 February 1943
Le Kouif, Algeria: 24 February 1943
Thelepte, Tunisia: March 1943
Algeria: 3 April 1493
Monastir, Tunisia: 25 May 1943
Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia: 10 August 1943

Component Units
91st Fighter Squadron: 1942-1945
92nd Fighter Squadron: 1942-1945
93rd Fighter Squadron: 1942-1945

Assigned To
Twelfth Air Force: January 1943-February 1944

Rickard, J (17 December 2007), 81st Fighter
Squadron, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/81st_Fighter_Group.html
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"The Ralph Fulton VFW" Post 6423
4435 DIXIE HWY
ELSMERE, KY 41018
Phone: (859) 342-6063
http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ky/post6423
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Forest Lawn Memorial Park
3227 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY 41018-1853
(859) 341-7172
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Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Date of Birth: 7 Mar 1919
County: Kenton
Mother's Name: Hannah Wrigley
Volume Number: 26
Certificate Number: 12927
Volume Year: 1919
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Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
Name: Bruce W Fulton
Date of Birth: 7 Mar 1919
County: Kenton
Mother's Name: Hannah Wrigley
Volume Number: 26
Certificate Number: 12926
Volume Year: 1919
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January 03, 1920 census/Kenton Co. KENTUCKY/Erlanger/roll 584/ED-138/page 178b/sheet 3b
INDEXED as SULTON
Family#: 57-60
Blaine Fulton/36/Married/PAx3/Merchant/Retail Lumber
Hannah/wife/31/Married/PAx3
Cory/daughter/6/KY/PAx2
Ruth/daughter/3yrs-8months/KY/PAx2
Ralph/son/9months/KY/PAx2
Bruce/son/9months/KY/PAx2

Living at 31 Erlanger Road
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April 07, 1930 census/Kenton Co. KENTUCKY/Erlanger/roll 762/ED-52/page 205a/sheet 8a
Family#: 180-191
Blaine Fulton/46/1st married at 28/Proprietor/lumber yard/PAx3
Hanna/wife/42/1st married at 23/PAx3
Cora M./daughter/17/single/KY/PAx2
Ruth V./daughter/13/KY/PAx2
Ralph W./son/11/KY/PAx2
Bruce W./son/11/KY/PAx2
Anna L./daughter/5/KY/PAx2

Living at 201 Erlanger Road
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Enlistment Service # : 15067069
Birth Year: 1919
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky
State of Residence: Kentucky
County or City: Kenton
Enlistment Date: 10 Jul 1941
Enlistment State: Kentucky
Enlistment City: Fort Thomas Newport
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade Code: Private
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 67
Weight: 155
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Cemetery Name: Any private cemetery in Kentucky
Disposition: According to next of kin
Service Branch: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant
Service Number: 726366
OFFICER'S Service # : O-726366
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Ralph W. Fulton Kenton County, KY U.S. Army National Archives
1 LT Ralph W. Fulton ID: 0-726366
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Kenton County, KY
Status: KIA


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KENTUCKY; 1ST LIEUT.; 93 AAF FIGHTER, WORLD WAR II


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