In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Captain Revillo, South Dakota
Grant County

October 21, 1921 - March 29, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea

    

On the right is the 5th Marine Chapel named in memory of Captain Walz.


Ralph Linus Walz was born in Park City, Montana, on October 21, 1921, to Rev. George A. and Charlotte (Guenthner) Walz. Ralph had two brothers, Martin G. and Alvin E. Ralph was eight years old when his family moved to Revillo, South Dakota. He graduated from Revillo High School in 1939. He was a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings when he enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 11, 1942. Waltz served in the Pacific Theater in World War II from July 23, 1943, to February 20, 1945. When Walz returned to the United States, he married Laurene Kreutner, on June 17, 1945, at Washington, DC. They had two children: William George and Stephanie Ruth.

Marine Captain Ralph L. Walz was reactivated on June 25, 1950. He came home to Revillo on furlough in June of 1952 and then went overseas from Camp Pendleton in California on August 15, 1952, as the commanding officer of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He arrived in Korea in September of 1952.

On March 29, 1953, Captain Ralph L. Walz led his company into battle and successfully retook “Outpost Vegas.” It is believed that he was killed during “moping-up action” at the outpost. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Captain Ralph Walz was awarded the prestigious Navy Cross for valor. In addition, he received the Purple Heart, the Combat Service Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

There is a chapel at Camp Lee named in memory of Capt. Ralph L. Walz. It was dedicated on May 24, 1953. Major General Pollock, Chaplain Vaughan Lyons, and Col. Lew Walt were in attendance.

Respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed, 8th grade Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 20, 2004. South Dakota National Guard Museum, the American Battle Monuments Commission, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and the Grant County Review provided information for this entry. Additional information and profile approval by Laurene Walz, widow.