Ralph Lee Dunn was born on 5 October 1921, the son of Walter Dunn and Mettie C. Sanders and step-son of Fred Delmar. Ralph considered Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee home. He enlisted in the United States Army from Johnson City on 2 January 1940.

Ralph completed basic training at Fort McDowell, Sausalito, California before being assigned to the Hawaiian Division on Oahu with the 35th Infantry Regiment. Upon arriving Schofield Barracks where the 35th was based, he was further assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion and continued his training. On 11 October 1941, the 35th was reassigned to the newly formed 25th Infantry Division.

Ralph died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on 5 July 1942 at 1945 (7:30pm) at Schofield Barracks. He was 20 years old and was interred in the Schofield Barracks Cemetery on 7 July at 1500 (3pm) in Plot 2, Row M, Grave 11. Ralph was disinterred at the request of his three sisters on 3 October 1947 and moved to the Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. He was laid to rest there on 2 March 1948 at 12:15 (12:15pm) in Section D, Site 1131.

His sister Ruby Edna Arney whom he was living with in Johnson City when he enlisted was now living in Baltimore and she wanted him close to her.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 5 October 1921
  • Date of death: 5 July 1942
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 35th Infantry Regiment
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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