Ralph L. Church, Army

Ralph Lee Church was born on July 15, 1947 in the small rural town of Hickman, Nebraska. After completing a tour in Vietnam, Ralph graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1970 and received his commission as an Army 2nd Lieutenant. In June 1971, now Army 1st Lieutenant and back in Vietnam, Ralph Lee Church, platoon commander of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, was severely wounded by a booby-trapped rocketpropelled grenade. Church’s unit had been operating at Firebase Brick, west of Phu Loc, 15 miles south of Hue. Church was evacuated to Japan and died 11 days later from severe wounds.

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Quick Facts

  • Service BranchArmy
  • HometownHickman
  • Home CountyLancaster County

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