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Ransom, Warren A.

Warren A. Ransom U.S. Navy WWII
Warren A. Ransom U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 4/2/1894
Died On: 12/1/1982 Last Residence: 10580, Rye, Westchester, New York
Street Address: 51 Milton Rd
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-218

Warren Aaron Ransom

Warren Aaron Ransom in New York City on Aril 2 1894 he was the son of Warren A and Harriett McNulty Ransom. He was educated at the Nichols School in Buffalo NY, the Taft School in Watertown Conn and was graduated from Yale University in 1916. In Rye his family lived at 51 Milton Rd and were members of Christ's Church.

Warren served as an officer in the U.S. Army in WWI and in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1916 he enlisted in the Yale Batteries and served in the Army during the Mexican border war in 1916. When the US entered World War I he went overseas with the 1st Division , 6th Field Artillery and was promoted captain by wars end.
Warren A. Ransom letter to parents describing front lines

He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the French Croix de Guerre, the Purple Heart and the Austalian Conspicuous Service Medal.

Warren A. Ransom Second Lieutenant, U. S. Army 6th Field Artillery, 1st Division, A. E. F. Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation: The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Warren A. Ransom, Second Lieutenant, U. S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Missyaux-Bois, Chaudon, France, July 18, 1918. Lieutenant Ransom accompanied Major John A. Crane, Field Artillery, on a reconnaissance of the enemy's position under intense enemy rifle, machine-gun, and artillery fire; the mission accomplished, Major Crane was seriously wounded while some distance in rear of Lieutenant Ransom and in plain view of the enemy gunners.

Lieutenant Ransom returned at once to Major Crane, carried him to a place of comparative shelter, and, despite the heavy enemy fire, sought and found a medical officer, whom he led to the wounded officer. Again leaving shelter he secured a litter and with the assistance of two French soldiers carried the wounded officer to a place of safety.

General Orders No. No. 14, W. D.

After WWI, Warren married Marie Louise Nichols of Rye in 1921. They would have three children and live on Forest Avenue in Rye for more than 50 years.

Before WWII he was partner in Continental Type Founders in NYC. Warren was active in many civic enterprises. He was a member of the committee that obtained Rye's charter to become a city in 1941.

For several years he was the Republican party leader in Rye and also one of the leaders and president of the Rye Community Chest.

At the outbreak of World War II Warren joined the Navy as lieutenant commander at the Office of Naval Material in New York City and was in charge of loading craft and destroyer production operations.

Warren was an import-export consultant after the war. In 1945 he was chairman of a Committee for Veterans Housing in Rye.

From 1948-1953 he served as Rye's representative to Westchester County government and held the title of Rye Supervisor.

Warren was a past president of Manursing Island Club and member of the American Yacht Club. He served on the Board of Governors for the YMCA and the Rye Trust Company

He was also a member of the Yale Club in NYC, the Legion of Valor and the Society of the First Division.

Warren Aaron Ransom died December 22, 1982 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, NY

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