Ralph F. Greeley entered the military service in Nebraska. He served in Company D, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division as a Sergeant during World War II. He died on September 26, 1944 during the battle for liberation of Agincourt, France. On that day, SGT Greeley’s unit was in action against German forces near Nancy, France, during the Rhineland Campaign, after capturing the city 4 days earlier. SGT Greeley’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross. He is now buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.
Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph F. Greeley (20722184), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 September 1944. Sergeant Greeley's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 35th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 206 (1945)
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