Ensign Ralph L. Holton

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Ensign Ralph L. Holton

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: June 06, 1942 (23) (Military Action, Battle of Midway, USS Hammann)
Occupation: Naval Officer WWII
Managed by: Dan Berwin Brockman
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About Ensign Ralph L. Holton

Ralph was lost when USS Hammann (DD 412) was sunk by a Japanese submarine on June 6, 1942 in the Battle of Midway.

"The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Ralph Lee Holton.

United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Officer in Charge of a Rescue Boat from the Destroyer U.S.S. HAMMANN (DD-412), following the attack on the U.S.S. LEXINGTON in the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. Ensign Holton persistently returned to the burning U.S.S. LEXINGTON, and under a hail of flaming debris from exploding bombs, ammunition, and gasoline, effected a series of rescues as officer in charge of a boat detailed to rescue survivors. He saved the lives of many who would have otherwise perished. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Michigan.

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Ensign Ralph L. Holton's Timeline

September 19, 1918
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
June 6, 1942
Age 23