DEWSNUP, RALPH LEROY, Major, # 0-346962, USAAF
Ralph L. Dewsnup was born in Salt lake City, Utah, on 13 June 1915 to Hyram Edmin Dewsnup (1875-1960) and Ada Mary Mariah “Jennie” (Ransom) Dewsnup (1874-1960). Siblings included Myrtle D. (Dewsnup) Clayton (1898-1970), Edna Arvilla (Dewsnup) Calder (1900-1996), Elva Millicent (Dewsnup) Cornwall (1903-1991), Grace ‘Maurine’ Dewsnup (1909-1998) and Edwin Grant Dewsnup (1918-2014). He was a graduate of the University of Utah and a student at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was married to Ruth Ellen (Belnap) Richards nee Dewsnup (1913-1993) (married 30 July 1936).
He entered the military from Virginia. He was in the U.S. Army inactive reserve officers corps and was called to active duty in August, 1941, as a First Lieutenant. He was first stationed at Bolling Field. He left for overseas in May 1943. On 10 December 1943, at about 1230 hours, a B-25D, # 41-30362, assigned to the ICWATC, Headquarters East Search Squadron, departed Chabua, Assam, India, to search the Chabua, India, area. The aircraft was downed by fire from enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal and the Purple Heart. His family paced a memorial marker to him in Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Utah.
His brother, Edwin G. Dewsnup, was a reserve U.S. Army officer as well, called to active duty as a First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain, # 0-387240, at Fort Lewis, Washington, and discharged 26 December 1945 at Fort Douglas, Utah.