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RD3 Ralph Waldo Newman, Jr

RD3 Ralph Waldo Newman, Jr

Death 6 Apr 1945
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing ~ Court 1
Memorial ID 56126900 · View Source
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Son of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Waldo Newman, Sr.

Ralph served as a Radarman Third Class, U.S.S. Emmons (DD-457), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Enfield, Grafton County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Emmons, along with the U.S.S. Rodman (DD-456), were on picket duty off Okinawa after the troop landings on April 1st. They both were attacked by a "massive" group of Japanese kamikazes.

The Emmons was struck by 5 kamikazes which set the ship ablaze and killed 60 crewmen and left 77 wounded. The next day the ship was intentionally sank.

The U.S.S. Rodman survived the attacks and the war.

Ralph was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 5731663

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The Emmons was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation for her service during the landing at Okinawa and also received four battle stars for World War II service.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56126900
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for RD3 Ralph Waldo Newman, Jr (unknown–6 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56126900, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .