Ralph Eugene Garrett was born on 1 September 1932 in Washington, Virginia, to George Washington Garrett and Mamie L. Pendergrass. Besides his parents, he was survived by two brothers, Bobby and Sherman Garrett of Bluff City; and seven sisters, Mrs. Preston Arnold, Ringold, Va., Mrs. Junior Mitchell, Bluff City, Mrs. Henry Combs, Bristol, Mrs. Robert Brock, Bowling Green, Ky., Shirley, Betty and Thelma Garrett, Bluff City.

Pfc. Garrett, 19, enlisted in the Army on June 5, 1950, and took his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He attended Greendale High School, Greendale, Va., prior to entering the service.

Private First Class Garrett was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 September 1932
  • Date of death: 14 February 1951
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Bluff City
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knollkreg Cemetery, Abingdon, Washington County, VA
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Middle Panel
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