Ralph A. Suesse, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Ralph A. Suesse
Captain, 33rd Chemical Decontamination Company, Chemical Warfare Service, US Army
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of Death: April 28, 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Burial: Cambridge Permanent Cemetery (Plot A, Row 2, Grave 19), Cambridge, England
Date of Enlistment: March 7, 1941
Awards: Purple Heart
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Report Death In Action Of Captain Ralph Suesse

Captain Ralph Suesse, of Valparaiso, has been added to Porter county's roll of honored dead of World War II.

The local youth, a member of the 33rd Decontamination company, Chemical Warfare Service, was killed on April 28 in the European theater of war.

Word to this effect was received here Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Suesse, Sr., 254 Lincolnway, from Captain Suesse's wife, Mrs. Margaret Suesse, at Akron, O. She was apprised of her husband's death on Thursday by the adjutant general's office at Washington.

Captain Suesse was 29 years of age and was graduated from Valparaiso high school in 1934. He then entered Purdue university where he received his degree of chemical engineer in 1938.

Up until he was called in service on March 7, 1941, he was employed in the sales organization of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company at Akron, O.

Captain Suesse received his commission as second lieutenant in the chemical warfare division on May 30, 1942, at Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Md. Four months later he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and eight months later to captain.

For 18 months he was stationed at Camp Landing, Jacksonville, Fla., and on November 18, 1943, was sent overseas.

Besides his wife, Margaret, at Akron, O., he leaves a son, John Charles, 11 months old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Suesse, Sr., of Valparaiso, and two brothers, Private Charles Suesse, Jr., of the 346th Army Engineers, now in England, and Private Robert Suesse, of the Army Air Corps, stationed at Buckingham Air Field, Fort Myers, Florida.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; May 13, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 6

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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