Happy Birthday Ralph!
Join us today as we celebrate a life well lived. Ralph Barrale was born January 22, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the United States Army in May of 1943 at the age of 19, and saw action in some of the most famous battles of World War II. In August 1944, he landed on Utah Beach as part of the Normandy Invasion. He fought in France in the Third Army and in Holland in the First Army. In 1944, he fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest on the
German-Belgian border. His unit was personally requested by General George C. Patton during the Battle of the Bulge and he served in Patton’s Third Army. His outfit secured the Remagen Bridge on the Rhine River in Germany. Before moving on, the 821st Combat Military Police, of which Ralph was a member, were part of the troops that liberated those in the Dachau concentration camp in Bavaria. His outfit also served as Military Police at the Nuremburg trials. During the course of his career, Ralph served with the First Army, Third Army, Fourth Army, Ninth Army, 3rd Corps and 15th Corps. Barrale was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Private First Class and returned home to the St. Louis area. Among his many awards were Campaign Medals with four battle stars, a Sharpshooter award and the Good Conduct medal.
As a result of his service, his already intense patriotism became a passion that remained with him throughout his years. As a tribute to all the men and women who served our Country, Barrale initiated a campaign to honor them. He personally contacted each city and municipality along Interstate 70 and obtained their permission to redesignate the south outer road as Veterans Memorial Parkway. This project took two years and he received an award from Senator Scott Rupp and the State of Missouri. On April 1, 2015 Barrale was presented with the Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s Senior Service Award. He has been active in many Veterans organizations and served as Commander of VFW Post 10350 for 15 years in Lake St. Louis. He instilled this same enthusiasm in everyone with whom he comes in contact, both military and civilians. His untiring efforts speak to his enthusiasm for all things veteran.
Ralph Barrale wanted to see a Veterans Museum that would honor all of those Veterans who served our country, and especially those from St. Charles County. This was but another example of Ralph Barrale’s dedication to our servicemen and women and his desire to keep their memories in the forefront of the generations of today so that our Veterans will not be forgotten. Plans are for the St.Charles County Veterans Museum to open at 410 East Elm Street in O’Fallon, Missouri in the spring of 2019. There you will find “Ralph’s Story” among others like his, who served our country, because Ralph felt
“NO ONE IS EVER GONE, AS LONG AS SOMEONE STILL HAS MEMORIES OF THEM”
Ralph Barrale passed away on October 9, 2018 at the age of 94. He was the beloved husband of Rose Marie Barrale nee Busalaki of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri; He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn (Richard) Rice of Huntsville, AL; two sons, Ralph (Kathleen) Barrale Jr. of Wentzville, MO, Lari (Debra) Barrale of Cape Coral, FL; brother, Vincent Barrale; numerous, nieces and nephews; 7, grandchildren; 13, great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his Father, Salvator Barrale, mother, Josephine Barrale nee Palazzolo, brother, Peter Barrale, sisters, Theresa Lucido, Josephine Biancardi, Fannie Mroczkowski.
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