Harold Gilbert Ruffner
South Harriman High School, class of 1935; was killed 7 May 1942 at Coral Sea. His brother, Elbert Ruffner, SHHS class of 1940, served with the Marines.
Father: Mr. William Henry Ruffner, Box 202 Rt 1, Harriman, TN

Served on the U.S.S. Sims (409). During the forenoon of May 7, 1942, while acting as anti-submarine escort for, and patrolling station ahead for the U.S.S. Neosho (AO-23) the U.S.S. Sims was attacked and sunk by Japanese bombers in the Coral Sea.

Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

  • Rank: Electricians Mate Second Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 December 1916
  • Date of death: 7 May 1942
  • County: Roane
  • Hometown: Harriman
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Sims (DD-409)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Coral Sea
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Top Panel
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