The SemperToons Vet Respect award recognizes WW II veteran Ralph Wilcox. At age 99, Ralph is one of the 325,574 World War II Veterans still alive today.
In September 1939, shortly after the German invasion of Poland, expansion of the Corps from 18,000 to 25,000 Marines was authorized by the military. And among those new Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island, SC, was Ralph Wilcox. WWII veteran Ralph Wilcox, born in 1922, recently celebrated his 99th birthday.
Gunnery Sgt. Charles Wolf, the founder of SemperToons, met Ralph on Wolf's first day as a Marine Corps League member. "It was an honor to meet one of our Marine heroes." Ralph shared a funny story with Gunny, "I arrived on the 'island' by boat before the famous bridge was built."
Ralph served in most of the Marine Corps' operations in the WWII Pacific campaigns. His first combat assignment was Guadalcanal, then Peleliu. He completed his Pacific service in Okinawa, Japan. Returning to the U.S. in 1945, he retired from the Marine Corps in 1959.
Ralph continues his service as a Jack Maas Detachment 1379 Marine Corps League member in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Detachment is honored to have such a great American as a member. Wilcox, third from left, is pictured with the Detachment's executive committee after being honored at a recent meeting for being the oldest member at age 99.
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