Monday, November 21, 2016

PVT Ransom Theodore Eldridge

PVT Ransom Theodore Eldridge was born 1 Oct 1920 in Akin, Illinois to Joseph Wesley and Minnie Evelyn (Wilson) Eldridge. His father supported his family of 11 by farming in Franklin County, Illinois.  On 21 Sep 1941 he and Mable Louise Wilkerson were married in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Ransom entered service in May 1943 and after medic training was sent overseas and assigned to Medical Detachment 116th Infantry and attached to  to Headquarters 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry to work in the aid station.  He was relieved from attachment (i.e. returned to the Medical Detachment) on 27 Jul 1944.  On 21 Nov 1944 he was killed in action.

PFC Eldridge was returned to the U.S. in 1948 and is buried in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois.

Mable remarried.  Brother Lloyd Joseph Eldridge served in the Navy during the war. 

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