Ralph S. Keyser

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Ralph Stover Keyser
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Born (1883-05-10)May 10, 1883
Thoroughfare, Virginia
Died April 19, 1955(1955-04-19) (aged 71)
Bethesda, Maryland
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1902–1937, 1941–1942
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Service number 0-510
Commands held Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Philippine–American War
World War I
World War II
Awards Navy Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Honour

Ralph Stover Keyser (May 10, 1883 – April 19, 1955) was the 11th Assistant to the Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps and a distinguished marksman, who participated in world matches.

Early years

Keyser was born May 10, 1883, in Thoroughfare, Virginia, as a son of Charles Eugene Keyser and his wife Mary Gill Stover Keyser. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1902 and served during Philippine–American War. He applied for Marine Corps commission during 1905 and was subsequently was commissioned second lieutenant on March 29, 1905.

In 1909, Keyser was appointed executive officer of the Marine Corps Rifle range at Wakefield, Massachusetts. After one year service there, he was transferred for shore duty to Cuba, where he served at Guantanamo.

He subsequently participated in numerous conflicts including World War I, the Occupation of Nicaragua and World War II.

World War II

Keyser was recalled to active duty in April 1941 and was appointed director of Division of Reserve and served in this capacity until March 1942. He was subsequently appointed to the capacity of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps to Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb. Keyser was relieved of all active duties on May 24, 1942, because of his poor health. He was succeeded by Brigadier General Harry Schmidt.

General Keyser retired again on October 1, 1942, and was not called back to active duty for the duration of the war. He was also promoted to the rank of major general on the retired list for having been specially commended in combat.

Keyser died on April 19, 1955 in the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. He is buried together with his wife Charlotte Capers (1896!1992) at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.


Here is the ribbon bar of Major General Keyser:[1]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
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Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Navy Cross Army Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Medal with Oak leaf cluster French Fourragère
2nd Row Purple Heart Medal Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Philippine Campaign Medal Cuban Pacification Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal with four battle clasps Army of Occupation of Germany Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal
4th Row World War II Victory Medal Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur French Croix de guerre 1914–1918 with Palm and Gilt Star Officer of the Ordre de la Couronne

See also


  1. ^ "Valor awards for Ralph S. Keyser". valor.militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  • "Major General Ralph Stover Keyser, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2009. 
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