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posted 3/3/2018 2:36:32 PM  Reply w/Quote
I want to enroll PVT. Ragland in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and need proof that he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Can you help? My request to NPRC was negative.

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Dennis G. Davis

dennisgdavis@windstream.net

Bob Scherer
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posted 3/3/2018 7:01:13 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I see he was in A Co, 17th Armored Infantry Battalion. Can you tell me when or where he was wounded? If his wound was serious enough to have been evacuated to a hospital the Purple Heart would have been issued there and the 12th AD would not have a record of it. I'm going to the NPRC and will try to find info on Junius. I'll email you off line for further information. Bob Scherer, 12th AD Assn Historian

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posted 3/6/2018 7:03:01 PM  Reply w/Quote
date of death and burial site. We have much information on veterans.
Harry, archivist, 12th AD Museun

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posted 3/6/2018 7:21:14 PM  Reply w/Quote
Pvt. Junius J.B. RAGLAND Obit 1945
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Pvt. Junius J.B. RAGLAND Obit 1945
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Posted: 18 Jan 2005 03:41AM
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Ragland, Zwicker
Funeral services will be held Sun for Pvt. Junius J.B. Ragland, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Ragland, Hudgins, Ky., who was killed in action in Germany, 23 Mar 1945, at the age of 21. Services will be held at the Aetna Grove church with Rev. D.L. Druin in charge and burial will be in the church cem. Pvt. Ragland enlisted in the US Army 10 Aug 1944 and received his basic training at Ft. McClellan, Ala. He was attached to Co. A. 13th 4th Regiment. He professed faith in Christ early in life. Surviving are his father and mother; 1 sister, Mrs. Thelma Zwicker; and 1 brother, Irvin Ragland, both of Elizabethtown, Ky.
Obituaries of Green Co. Ky., Vol. 6, compiled by Eunice Montgomery Wright, p. 164


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posted 3/8/2018 7:15:12 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I had thought that if a man was killed in action, he was entitled to a post humous Purple Heart? To be
verified.

Mike W.

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posted 3/13/2018 3:02:37 PM    Click here to view the profile for Garandomatic  Click here to email Garandomatic  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have two thoughts. First, is that it is simply an Army mistake. Secondly, if he died from a non-battle cause, such as drowning in a river crossing, the Army may or may not issue it.

I have heard of families of veterans and veterans arguing later that an action was the result of enemy activity, and being awarded a Purple Heart later for some of these grey areas, such as being injured while abandoning ship, which is indirectly related to enemy action, if that makes sense as an example.

I have a relative that died in a river crossing of some sort with the 2nd Armored. Some local sources state that a Purple Heart was awarded, but these might have been based on initial accounts, and perhaps the dreaded telegram, and they were written expecting one to be awarded.
When I came into possession of his things, as his last heir wanted to see them pass to someone that would appreciate them, there was no sign of a Purple Heart. Subsequent research suggested that a Heart may likely never have been awarded as his death was classified as non-battle related at some point.

I do not know the extent of the 12th's museum resources, but I have hired a researcher to pull every morning report possible for another fellow in my collection, and that might be an option. I find it interesting that the Archives didn't turn up any medical information. Many times that is where you find records of wounds and the like, as I think the medical records were separate from the soldiers' other files when they burned in 1973. I've had requests come back with nothing besides a final pay voucher, but 3 or 4 pages of medical information.

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posted 3/13/2018 6:37:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am learning how to search for information in the
history albums (scrap books) accessed through
the Museum website. Click on the Hellcat News
Archives. Please give me the name you are looking
for. Every once in a while I find a list of casualties
with type of wound or cause of death.



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posted 3/17/2018 11:34:55 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have seen some After Action Reports or related
reports from one of the officers (S 1,2,3, 4, etc) that show the name, date and type of
casualty. That is, lightly wounded in action,
or non battle casualty, etc., etc.,

With luck you can find one of these reports. I have
been looking at the "History Albums" on our
website, accessed through the HELLCAT NEWS
ARCHIVES portal on the left side. I believe
it is somewhere in Album Nr. 3.

Mike