Ralph Edwin Graves was born on 15 March 1913 in Maynardville, TN, the son of Maynard Gipson (Jim) Graves and Nellie Mae Archer. He was married to Stella Mae Kitts who died in June, 1942 at childbirth of their daughter Wanda Carol Graves. He married Laura Ramsey in February 1943. He enlisted 21 July 1943 in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Died non Battle 13 January 1945 at Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. He is buried at Pleasant View Cemetery, Maynardville, Union County, Tennessee.

119th Infantry, Company M

The Knoxville Journal, Jan. 16, 1945
Pfc. Ralph E. Graves of 2012 Washington Avenue, died at U.S. Thayer General Hospital, Nasville, at 11 p.m. Saturday. He was wounded Oct. 3, 1944 in action with the U.S. Army in Germany, and returned to the United States four weeks ago. He was serving with U.S. Infantry, Third Division and had been decorated with the Purple heart.
Survivors: wife, Mrs. Laura Ramsey Graves, Knoxville; father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Graves, Maynardville; sister, Mrs. Edward Johnson, Maynardville; brothers, Earl and Roy, Maynardville. The body will arrive in Knoxville at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday over Southern Railway and will be taken to the home at 10 a.m.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 15 March 1913
  • Date of death: 13 January 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Maynardville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 119th Infantry Regiment
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Pleasant View Cemetery, Maynardville, Union County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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