Ralph William Burgess was born in North Carolina, the son of Edward Dalton Burgess and Mamie England.He married  Theresa Regina Kasperowitz on 30 March 1940 in Virginia. At the time of his death his wife resided at 364 Common Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

MSgt Burgess drowned near Samoan Island.



  • Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 13 May 1904
  • Date of death: 13 March 1943
  • County: Unicoi
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: World War II Victory Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Top Panel
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