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Admin/Biog History Ralph J. Kirsch was born in Oshkosh, WI August 30, 1921, the son of Wallace J. and Elizabeth M. Kirsch. He graduated from Oshkosh High School and enlisted in the Army Air Force in October 1941. He married Ruth Smith of Charlottesville, VA in 1943 and the couple had a daughter named Delores. He served with the 75th Bomber Squadron in the Pacific Theater as a gunner on B-25 "Mitchell" medium bombers. His plane did not report back after a mission over Rabaul, New Britain on January 22, 1944. He was officially declared killed in action and was awarded the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster posthumously.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1943
Abstract Telegram concerning Staff Sergeant Ralph J. Kirsch, Army Air Force, sent to his parents, Wallace J. and Elizabeth M. Kirsch, in Oshkosh, WI.

Washington DC
1944 Jan 29 PM 2

Mrs Elizabeth N Kirsch
1115 Ohio ST

The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son Staff Sergeant Ralph J. Kirsch has been reported missing in action since Twenty Two January in New Britain Period If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified Period
Ulio The Adjutant General
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.17.2
Object Name Telegram
People Kirsch, Ralph J.
Subjects World War II
United States Army Air Force
Flight crews
Pacific Theater of Operations
Title Telegram
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