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Ryan Transferred
To Army Reserve

Oakland --- Donald Ryan, East Oakland, has been transferred from the regular army to the reserves it was announced today by Headquarters New Jersey Military District.
   Ryan an employee of Samuel Braen Trucking Company, Wyckoff, has been, assigned to the New Jersey Organized Reserve Corps Control Group, Kearny Shipyards (Voluntary Reserve).
   He attended Central High School, prior to serving a tour in the Army, where he received the following Decorations: Purple Heart, Good Conduct, Belgian Fourragére, Presidential Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, Jump Wings.
   Ryan attended the Parachute School at Fort Benning, Ga. and served with the famous 508th Parachute Battalion. He was in the European Theater of operations during World War II.

[The Sunday News. Ridgewood, NJ, 24 Sep 1950, Sun, Page 10]

Donald Ryan

   OAKLAND --- Donald Ryan, 71, died Monday. Bor in Passaic, he lived here for more than 50 years. Mr. Ryan was foreman at the maintenance garage of Oakland for 12 years before retiring. He was a member of the . Ponds, Reformed Church.
   He was a - 56-year exempt fireman and engineer for the Oakland Fire Company, was a World War II Army veteran.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, and a daughter, Linda 'Ryan.
   Surviving are a son, Donald Ryan Jr. of Suffern, N.Y.; three daughters, Florence Vivino of Oakland, -Patricia Spadiccini of Wallington, and Susan Douglas .of Browns Mills, Burlington County; a sister, Patricia Berger; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
   Oakland Memorial Home, 330 Ramapo Valley Road, is in charge of arrangements.

[The Herald-News, Passaic, NJ, 08 Jan 1997, Wed, Page 15]

[courtesy of "Cindy"]

Grave marker for Donald Ryan in Wyckoff Reformed Church Cemetery, Wyckoff (Bergen county), New Jersey.

Donald was inducted into the Army ca. 1944 and on 6 January 1945 was reported as "… arrived safely In France. He is with an Infantry parachute company." [The Record, Hackensack, NJ, 06 Jan 1945, Sat, Page 4]

Pvt Ryan was transferred from the 101st Airborne Division to Company I, 508th PIR on 19 October 1945.  He re-enlisted the following month.

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