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1st Lt. Ralph Dryden - Fallen

Grafton, ND
County: Pembina
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: December 13, 1918 / Age: 22
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 2nd Aviation Instruction Center, Air Service

Accidentally killed in aeroplane accident, at Tours, France, on Dec. 13, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 29, 1920, and buried at Grafton, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

Information found in Volume 1, page 761 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Registered Pembina county. Born, Cashel, N. Dak., Aug. 8, 1896, of Canadian parents. Occupation - student. Enlisted in the Reserve Corps, at Princeton, N. J., in May, 1917. Called into active service on Aug. 15, 1917. Served in Air Service, Fort Wood, N. Y., to Sept. 25, 1917; 8th Aviation Instruction Center, Foggia, Italy, to March 23, 1918; 3rd Aviation Instruction Center, AEF, to April 17, 1918; 2nd Aviation Instruction Center, AEF, to discharge. Grade: Private 1st Class, Aug. 15, 1917. Discharge on April 22, 1918, as a Private 1st Class, to accept commission. Commissioned 1st Lieutenant on April 24, 1918. Assigned to 2nd Aviation Instruction Center, Air Service, to death. Overseas from Sept. 25, 1917, to death.