Grave marker for Pvt Ralph P. Bellesfield in the Saint Marks Cemetery,
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Pvt Bellesfield, A Co, was killed in action on 17 September
1944, at Groot Linden, Holland when the C-47 aircraft he was in was struck
by anti-aircraft fire. All of the other troopers were able to jump from
the aircraft before it crashed except for Pvt. Bellesfield and the
aircrew who were all killed in the crash. Pvt. Bellesfield was first
buried in the village church yard at Groot Linden. Then, on 8 March
1946, his remains were re-buried at Neuville-en-Condroz, U. S. War
Cemetery, Belgium, in grave S-3-62. His remains were ultimately
repatriated and he now rests in Allentown, PA.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.