PFC Ralph R. Appleby, 99th Infantry Division, 394th Infantry Regiment

Entered the Service from: California
Died in action: 16-Mar-45
Buried at: Plot F Row 11 Grave 49
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Ralph was older by ten to 12 years than most of his buddies, they called him “the old man”. A tall, husky, Canadian farm boy, who served, naturally, in the infantry. He’d fought his way across much of Europe and received a Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

He was heading out at dawn with his unit, in a secure area near Aachen, Germany.
Aachen the first German city to fall to the Allies, had surrendered nearly six months earlier.
A sniper, probably armed with a K98, using a scope, and surely no more than 600 yards away, got him with one shot.

(5th of December 2013, Barbara and Grace Watson visiting the grave of Ralph Appleby, Source: Bert-Jan Sengers)

(5th of December 2013, the grave of Ralph Appleby, Source: Bert-Jan Sengers)