Ralph Gay

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  • Name: Ralph Gay
  • Location of Birth: France
  • Date of Birth: 1845
  • Date of Death: August 16, 1913 (67-68 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: COR (?)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Highlights:
    Ralph belonged to a Maine regiment, enlisting there in the Infantry of the 20th Regiment. Information on Find A Grave indicates that Ray was with Company G, 12th Minnesota Infantry.

  • Wars Involved:
    Spanish American War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Information from the Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota, dated August 21, 1913:

    Ralph was a familiar figure in the two villages. Always the soldier, he was known to each of us as "Soldier Gay". His was a wonderful constitution as evidenced by his age, and also what he had passed through on the field of battle.

    Ralph was a soldier without a pension as he was never able to secure any aid from the government from some cause not his own.

    His erect, soldierly bearing is known to us all and this brief mention of his passing will find an echo of regret in the hearts of us all who knew him.

    Whatever his life might have been here, surely his service for his country will not go unrewarded in the hereafter at least even though his country was slow in its recognition.

    Ralph died in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the Soldier's Home. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota. No photo of grave marker is available.

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