Sgt. Ralph Wayne Griffith
Born: 7 June 1920
Sergeant in the 12th Cavalry during World War II
Ralph Wayne Griffith filled out his “Registrtion Card” in Wallace County, Kansas. He signed the card, Wayne Griffith.
Ralph W. Griffith was killed during the Battle of Leyte (Pacific Theater) on Dec. 21, 1944. He is listed as ‘KIA’ on the list of casualties for Phillips County, Kansas in the records of the National Archives.
The Manhattan Mercury newspaper of Manhattan, Kansas published casualty lists on a regular basis during the war. Notice of Sgt. Ralph W. Griffith’s death appeared in the March 7, 1945 edition of the paper.
For the military history of the battle, see the Leyte article prepared in the U.S. Army Center of Military History by Charles R. Anderson.