Thomas John Ryan Jr. was born on 20 August 1921 to Thomas John Ryan Sr. and Dana Ryan.
Died of wounds 11 April 1945
Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, Company F, 9th Army
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 8 December 1948
The body of Sgt. Thomas J. Ryan Jr., 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ryan Sr., 1111 Albany Street, and University of Chattanooga Student, who died April 11, 1945, from wounds received in action three days earlier at Westerburg, Germany, will arrive here at noon tomorrow for reburial. Assigned to Company F, 289th Infantry of the 75th Division, Sgt. Ryan was in the Ninth Army drive across the Rhine River. He was wounded while clearing the enemy from the Ruhr. He received the Bronze Star on Feb. 25, 1945, for gallantry in action and held the Good Conduct Medal. A graduate of Notre Dame High School in the class of 1940, he was a junior at UC and a member of Delta Chi Fraternity when he entered army duty in March, 1943. He had joined the reserves in the fall of 1942. He was buried in the United States Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.
Sgt. Ryan is survived by his parents, a sister, Miss Mary Dana Ryan, and a brother, Raymond Ryan, all of Chattanooga.
- Rank: Sergeant
- Date of birth: 20 August 1921
- Date of death: 11 April 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 289th Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal
- Burial/Memorial Location: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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