Ralph Conkin

Ralph Gayland Conkin (1914 - 2000)

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Ralph Gayland Conkin
Born in Green Castle, Sullivan, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Died in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Ralph Gayland Conkin was born March 8, 1914, in Green Castle, Sullivan county, Missouri, a son of James Jackson Conkin and his wife, Virgie Mae White. Ralph is found on the United States census of 1940, living in Kirksville, Adair county, Missouri, with his parents and his older sister, Thelma Marie Conkin. [1]

Ralph was twenty-six years old when he registered for the draft of soldiers in support of the Americans, in World War II. He was living with his parents at 410 S. Osteopathy, in Kirksville, Missouri. and employed by the Turner Standard Service on 301 North Franklin, in Kirksville. He describes himself as five foot, nine inches tall, weighing 142 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. [2]

Ralph entered into active duty in the U.S. Army, on March 7, 1941, at Jefferson Barracks (near St Louis) Missouri and assigned to the 23rd Infantry Regiment. Ralph was sent to Ardennes on January 1, 1945, during the last major German offensive on the Western Front during World War II, which lasted from December 16, 1944–January 16, 1945, and spent five days there, during what would come to be known as the "Battle of the Buldge." Ralph was awarded the European Ardennes Middle Eastern Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and a Lapel Pin. Ralph was given an Honorable Discharge on October 13, 1945, and separated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. [3]

On November 4, 1945, in Kirksville, Adair County Missouri, Ralph married Erma Rosella Ryder. They are the parents of one son. Ralph died April 22, 2000, in Kirksville, Adair county, Missouri, at the age of 86 years and is buried in the Park View Memorial Gardens, there. [4]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K73H-WHF : 24 December 2019), Ralph G Conkin in household of James J Conkin, Ward 3, Kirksville, Benton Township, Adair, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1-3, sheet 8A, line 36, family 204, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2081
  2. "Missouri, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLXB-XPQM : 14 August 2019), Ralph Gayland Conkin, 16 Oct 1940; records extracted by FamilySearch, images digitized by Ancestry; citing Draft Registration, Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States, NARA NAID 5833895 "Draft Registration Cards for Missouri, 10/16/1940 – 3/31/1947", National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri, FHL microfilm
  3. Copy of DD 214 "Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q4-ZBVV : accessed 14 January 2020), Ralph G Conkin, 18 Oct 1945; citing Military Service, Camp Claiborne, , Louisiana, United States, Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City
  4. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154389728/ralph-conkin

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