Harold Gilbert Ruffner
South Harriman High School, class of 1935; was killed 7 May 1942 at Coral Sea. His brother, Elbert Ruffner, SHHS class of 1940, served with the Marines.
Father: Mr. William Henry Ruffner, Box 202 Rt 1, Harriman, TN
Served on the U.S.S. Sims (409). During the forenoon of May 7, 1942, while acting as anti-submarine escort for, and patrolling station ahead for the U.S.S. Neosho (AO-23) the U.S.S. Sims was attacked and sunk by Japanese bombers in the Coral Sea.
Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
- Rank: Electricians Mate Second Class
- Date of birth: 26 December 1916
- Date of death: 7 May 1942
- County: Roane
- Hometown: Harriman
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: USS Sims (DD-409)
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Coral Sea
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Top Panel
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