1Lt Ralph Papizan

1Lt Ralph Papizan

Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi, USA
Death 13 Dec 1944 (aged 24–25)
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 9 Grave 36
Memorial ID 56374676 · View Source
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His next of kin was noted as Mrs. Grace N. Papizan who resided in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ralph served as a First Lieutenant, 753rd Tank Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Mississippi prior to the war.

Ralph was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" and the Purple Heart. It is unclear at this time whether he was killed in France or Germany as they were fighting close to the border on that day.

Service # O-446466

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


Distinguished Service Cross Awarded for actions during the World War II.

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Armor) Ralph Papizan (ASN: 0-446466), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 753d Tank Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 13 December 1944. First Lieutenant Papizan's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 159 (1945)

Action Date: 13-Dec-44

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Battalion: 753d Tank Battalion

Citation Synopsis submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson.




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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56374676
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Ralph Papizan (1919–13 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56374676, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .