35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association


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  PFC Michael J. Ratchford    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"



Baker Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II


"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"





The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Michael J. Ratchford, 33352055, who died in the service of his country on May 5th, 1945 in Luzon. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Michael was 32 years of age. He was from Avoca, Pennsylvania.

The decorations earned by PFC Michael J. Ratchford include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.


Harold enlisted 16 October 1940.

Burial:
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
Avoca
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA