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RALPH T. GARCIA, age 91, died peacefully surrounded by family at Veteran's Home of California in Barstow, CA on Saturday, February 25, 2012. He was born on December 24, 1920, in Chino, CA. He attended Chino High School and graduated in 1939.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He worked and retired after 31 years of service for the Santa Fe Railroad in Barstow, CA.

Ralph is survived by his children Daniel Diaz (Lucy) from Chino, CA, Anthony Garcia (Terry) from Chino, CA, Joe Garcia (Lori) from Victorville, CA, and Judy Vasquez (Anthony) from Barstow, CA; nine grandchildren, Gloria Garcia, Rudy Diaz, Ryan Vasquez, Nick Garcia, Mercy Diaz, Bobby Garcia, Alicia Garcia, Seth Diaz, and Cory Garcia; and fourteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Ralph Garcia will be held at 11:15 AM on March 9, at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518, staging #2.

[Published in the Daily Press on March 4, 2012]

[courtesy of "CRob"]

Grave marker for Ralph T. Garcia in Section 43A, Site 2924, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside (Riverside county), California.

Ralph registered for the draft in Ontario, CA on 15 February 1942 and was inducted into the Army at Los Angeles, CA on 29 September 1942.

On 23 October 1942, Pvt Garcia was transferred from the Reception Center, Fort McArthur, CA to Company A, 508th PIR.

Pfc Garcia was wounded in action in Holland on 30 September 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital.  He returned to duty on 10 November but was immediately transferred to Service Company for light duty and further recuperation.

On 9 December 1944, Pfc Garcia was transferred back to Company A.

He was promoted to the grade of Corporal on 19 January 1945

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Service arrowhead device, both awarded for action during Normandy, France Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944

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