Veterans' Memorial Project

Ralph Mathew Noble

Galesburg, IL

World War I

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: Attended 1907

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 03/28/1889

Date of Death: 05/14/1918

Lt. Noble entered the First Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, where he was commissioned and ordered to Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois. After 3 months at Camp Grant he was transferred to the Air Service and sailed for France on December 26, 1917. After further instruction he was put on active duty as an observer with a French Esquadrille. He was wounded during aerial combat when his plane crashed behind German lines. He actually died in a German Red Cross Hospital. He served as an aerial observer, 6th Bomburg Group with the Air Service Concentration Barracks, Base Station 1 in the 342nd Infantry Regiment attached with French. He is buried at the Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France, at Plot A Row 29 Grave 13. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. The Galesburg, Illinois American Legion is named after Lt. Noble.

-taken from Web sites above and information submitted by Mrs. Catherine Wiley-Parkin, World History Teacher, Galesburg High School

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