Ralph Arlin McPherson

Master Sergeant McPherson was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Battery C, 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He developed epidemic hemorrhagic fever and was taken to the 121st Evacuation Hospital in South Korea where he died on November 22, 1951.

The Knoxville Journal, February 29, 1952
The body of Master Sgt. Ralph A. McPherson, 27, who was killed in action in Korea Nov. 22, 1951, will arrive in Knoxville at 6:50 a.m. Sunday. It will be removed from Weaver’s  to the home, 1101 Hannah Avenue. Sergeant McPherson was first sergeant of Battery C, 99th Field Artillery. The sergeant left Knoxville with the 278th Regimental Combat Team in September, 1950, and landed in Korea Aug. 28, 1951. He enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17 years and served two and a half years in the European theater.  The body will be escorted home by a brother, Cpl. Bobby McPherson, who left Knoxville with the same organization. Sergeant McPherson was a member of Second Methodist Church. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Leoma Clevenger McPherson; one daughter, Billy Kay McPherson; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McPherson; four brothers, George McPherson, of Oak Ridge, James E. McPherson of Toledo, Ohio;  Cpl. Bobby W. McPherson of the Army; Harold L. McPherson of Knoxville; and a sister, Mrs. James W. Price, of Knoxville.

  • Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 7 May 1924
  • Date of death: 22 November 1951
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and World War II Victory Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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