PFC Ralph Eugene Cannon (USMCR) died at the age of 23.
28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Company G, 3rd Battalion
Parents: Clara Etta Fillers Cannon and Dave Cannon. Sister: Barbara June Cannon Morelock. 3 nieces: Mary Ann Morelock Brown, Tami Morelock Tasker, and Terrie Lee Morelock Short.
Buried at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, located in Greeneville, Tennessee:
Cemetery Section ID C, Cemetery Site Number 145
The Greeneville Sun, March 30, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Cannon, of near Greeneville received a telegram yesterday from the War Department notifying them that their son, Pfc. Ralph E. (Hoppy) Cannon, U.S. Marines had been killed in action on Iwo Jima.
Relatives of Pfc. Cannon, who belonged to the Second Marine Division and was wounded in the battle of Saipan, did not know that he had returned to his outfit. After he was wounded he was removed to a hospital at New Caledonia, and it was thought that he was still there in a rest camp, until they received the death message yesterday.
His survivors in addition to his parents is a little sister, Barbara Jean. Pfc. Cannon, in civilian life was employed at both the Boyd and Central Drug Stores. He was also a messenger for Western Union. He went into the service two years ago, most of the time being spent in the Pacific.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 1 December 1922
- Date of death: 20 February 1945
- County: Greene
- Hometown: Greeneville
- Service Branch: Marine Corps
- Division/Assignment: 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: OPERATION DETACHMENT (BATTLE OF IWO JIMA) Saipan Operation Forager
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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