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Ralph W Fulton 2
Age in 1930: 11 2
Birth:
7 Mar 1919 /TWIN 1
Kenton Co., Kentucky 1
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Estimated Birth Year: 1919 2
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25 Mar 2014 1
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March 1943 1
Africa 1
Cause: KIA /Shot-down 1
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Place: KENTON County, Kentucky 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: ERLANGER TOWN 2
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Father: Blaine Fulton 1

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1st Lt Ralph W Fulton, WW II AAC Pilot, KIA

Ohio RALPH and BRUCE were Twins !

Lt Bruce W Fulton, Fighter Pilot KIA 25 March, 1943
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In searching for Ralph's Twin-brother, Bruce, we discovered that Ralph was also an AAC Pilot during WW II.  As of now, June, '09, we only know that he was a 1st Lt, and KIA out of N Africa about the 25th March, 1943.  The Erlinger, KY VFW Post is named after him.

Personal Phto's supplied by Donna FULTON Perkins.

VFW KY Post 6423 - Erlanger  http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ky/post6423

VFW KY Post 6423 - Erlanger Veterans of Foreign Wars Department Kentucky Ralph Fulton Post

Veterans of Foreign Wars Department Kentucky Ralph Fulton Post, Erlinger, KY.

History 81st Fighter Group, 93rd Fighter Squadron /Ralph W Fulton, KIA 25 Mar.'43
 
The 81st Fighter Group was one of the units allocated to support Operation 
Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. Its group echelon landed on 8
November 1942, but the aircraft and pilots didn't begin to arrive until the 
end of the year, and the group didn't enter service until January 1943. 
The group began by supporting the ground troops in Tunisia. Between April 
and July 1943 it used its P-39s to patrol off the African coast. During this 
period it provided protection for the invasions of Pantelleria and of 
Sicily. In January 1944 it took part in the early stages of the Anzio campaign, 
before being moved to India. 
The group arrived in India by March 1944, where it swapped its P-39s for 
P-40 Warhawks and P-47 Thunderbolts. After a period training with its new 
aircraft, the group moved to China, joining the Fourteenth Air Force. There it 
performed a variety of roles, amongst then ground attack in support of the 
Chinese army and providing fighter escort for the bomber groups operating from
China.

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Ralph's Twin, 1st Lt Bruce Fulton, 86th FG, who was shot down  on Dec 10, 1944 and taken prisoner. He was a POW and his "Person Page" is linked to this so you may read about him as well.  Barbi Enns Connolly  21 Jun'09

Ralph Wrigley Fulton
Birth 7 Mar 1919 in Kenton Co., Kentucky
Death  25 Mar 1943 in North Usaf, Africa

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Enlistment Service # : 15067069
Birth Year: 1919  
Race: White, citizen (White)  
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky  
State of Residence: Kentucky  
County or City: Kenton      
Enlistment Date: 10 Jul 1941
Enlistment State: Kentucky  
Enlistment City: Fort Thomas Newport
Branch: Air Corps  
Branch Code: Air Corps  
Grade Code: Private
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)  
Source: Civil Life      
Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses  
Marital Status: Single, without dependents  
Height: 67  
Weight: 155  

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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Gender: Male  
Race: White  
Religion: Protestant      
Cemetery Name: Any private cemetery in Kentucky  
Disposition: According to next of kin      
Service Branch: Army  
Rank: First Lieutenant  
Service Number: 726366  
OFFICER'S Service #  : O-726366

Ralph Wrigley Fulton

Erlanger, Kenton County, KY, USA

Ralph Wrigley Fulton and his Twin Brother, Bruce Wrigley Fulton, were born on 07 Mar 1919, in Kenton County, Kentucky, the Twin Sons of Blaine and Hannah (nee Wrigley) Fulton.  After Graduating from High School and Completing four years of College, Ralph entered the Service, with the U.S. Army Air Corps on 10 July 1941, at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.  He became a Fighter Pilot, Serving with the U. S. Army Air Corps, 12th Air Force, 81st Fighter Group, 93rd Fighter Squadron, flying P-39 Airacobra Aircraft, and was stationed in the MTO during WW II.  Ralph W. Fulton attained the Rank of 1st Lieutenant. On 25 March 1943, Ralph Wrigley Fulton was Killed In Action Over or Near Tunisia, North Africa. The details of the Mission are Not Known at this Time.   His remains were brought back to Erlanger, Kenton County, KY, and He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Erlanger, Kenton County, KY.

Ralph was survived by his Wife, Joyce (Nee Thomas) Fulton, (Children UNKNOWN), His Parents, Blaine and Hannah (Nee Wrigley) Fulton; His sisters, Mrs. Edwin C. (Cora Mae Fulton) Gibson; Mrs. Kermit E. (Ruth Virginia Fulton) York; and Mrs. Leroy (Anna Lois Fulton) Faulkner, and By His Twin Brother, 1st Lt. Bruce W. Fulton, stationed in the MTO, with 

the U. S. Army Air Corps, 12th Air Force, 86th Fighter Group, 527th Fighter Squadron.

The VFW, Post 6423 in Elsmere, Kenton County Kentucky was Named in Ralph's Honor.
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"The Ralph Fulton VFW" Post 6423
4435 DIXIE HWY
ELSMERE, KY  41018
Phone: (859) 342-6063
http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ky/post6423
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Forest Lawn Memorial Park
3227 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY 41018-1853
(859) 341-7172
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Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Date of Birth: 7 Mar 1919
County: Kenton   
Mother's Name: Hannah Wrigley
Volume Number: 26   
Certificate Number: 12927   
Volume Year: 1919    
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Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
Name: Bruce W Fulton
Date of Birth: 7 Mar 1919
County: Kenton   
Mother's Name: Hannah Wrigley
Volume Number: 26   
Certificate Number: 12926   
Volume Year: 1919
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January 03, 1920 census/Kenton Co. KENTUCKY/Erlanger/roll 584/ED-138/page 178b/sheet 3b
INDEXED as SULTON
Family#: 57-60
Blaine Fulton/36/Married/PAx3/Merchant/Retail Lumber
Hannah/wife/31/Married/PAx3
Cory/daughter/6/KY/PAx2
Ruth/daughter/3yrs-8months/KY/PAx2
Ralph/son/9months/KY/PAx2
Bruce/son/9months/KY/PAx2

Living at 31 Erlanger Road
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April 07, 1930 census/Kenton Co. KENTUCKY/Erlanger/roll 762/ED-52/page 205a/sheet 8a
Family#: 180-191
Blaine Fulton/46/1st married at 28/Proprietor/lumber yard/PAx3
Hanna/wife/42/1st married at 23/PAx3
Cora M./daughter/17/single/KY/PAx2
Ruth V./daughter/13/KY/PAx2
Ralph W./son/11/KY/PAx2
Bruce W./son/11/KY/PAx2
Anna L./daughter/5/KY/PAx2

Living at 201 Erlanger Road
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Enlistment Service # : 15067069
Birth Year: 1919   
Race: White, citizen (White)   
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky   
State of Residence: Kentucky   
County or City: Kenton       
Enlistment Date: 10 Jul 1941
Enlistment State: Kentucky   
Enlistment City: Fort Thomas Newport   
Branch: Air Corps   
Branch Code: Air Corps   
Grade Code: Private   
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)   
Source: Civil Life       
Education: 4 years of college   
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses   
Marital Status: Single, without dependents   
Height: 67   
Weight: 155   
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Ralph W Fulton
Gender: Male   
Race: White   
Religion: Protestant       
Cemetery Name: Any private cemetery in Kentucky   
Disposition: According to next of kin       
Service Branch: Army   
Rank: First Lieutenant   
Service Number: 726366   
OFFICER'S Service #  : O-726366
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Ralph W. Fulton Kenton County, KY U.S. Army  National Archives  
1 LT Ralph W. Fulton  ID: 0-726366
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Kenton County, KY
Status: KIA

Ralph (and twin Bruce) W Fulton

KY

How our "Sr Air Crew" Patti got the photo's of the Twins;

 They Graduated from Lloyd Memorial High School in 1937.

Ralph Wrigley Fulton and his Twin Brother, Bruce Wrigley Fulton, were
born
on 07 Mar 1919, in Kenton County, Kentucky, the Twin Sons of Blaine and
Hannah (nee Wrigley) Fulton.  After Graduating from High School and
Completing
four years of College, Ralph entered the Service, with the U.S. Army Air

Corps on 10 July 1941, at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.  He became a
Fighter
Pilot of P-39 Airacobra Aircraft, with the 12th Air Force, 81st Fighter
Group, 93rd Fighter Squadron, and was stationed in the MTO during WW II.
He
attained the Rank of 1st Lieutenant.  On 25 March 1943, Ralph Wrigley
Fulton was
Killed In Action Over or Near Tunisia, North Africa. The deatils of the
Mission are not known at this time.  His remains were brought back to
Erlanger,
Kenton County, KY, and He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Cemetery,
in Erlanger, Kenton County, KY. The VFW, Post 6423 in Elsmere, Kenton
County Kentucky was Named in Ralph's Honor.

Bruce Wrigley Fulton and his Twin Brother, Ralph Wrigley Fulton, were
born
on 07 Mar 1919, in Kenton County, Kentucky, the Twin Sons of Blaine and
Hannah (nee Wrigley) Fulton.  After Graduating from High School and
Completing
two years of College, Bruce entered the Service, with the U.S. Army Air
Corps
on 07 March 1941, at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.He received his
flight
training at San Antonio, Texas and Coffeyville, Kansas.  He became a
Fighter
Pilot of P-47 Aircraft with the 12th Air Force, 86th Fighter Group,
527th
Fighter Squadron, stationed in the MTO during WW II.  He attained the
Rank of
1st Lieutenant.  He had been Overseas for about one year when On 10
December 1944, during a Bombing Mission over the Brenner Pass, about 25
miles S.W.
of Brescis, Italy,  1st Lt. Bruce W. Fulton's plane was hit by Enemy
Anti-Aircraft Fire, causing severe damage that caught the plane on fire,
forcing
1st Lt. Fulton to bail out.  While the plane crashed to the ground, 1Lt.

Fulton sucessfully parachuted safely, but was immediately Captured By
the Enemy,
and held as a German Prisoner Of War.  He was sent to Stalag Luft 1
Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.  After more than 14 Months of
imprisonment, He was
Liberated By Advancing American Troops in Late May of 1945, and By June
of
1945, Bruce was in France, awaiting transport home to the U.S.

Bruce Wrigley Fulton, passed away on Thursday, 19 March 2009, at
Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Ky,
at the age of 90.

At about the same time of Bruce's passing, a group of Italian
Researchers
for the National Archive of Cremona, Italy dicovered the Crash Site of
Bruce's WW II P-47 and positively Identified it as his plane from the
serial
numbers on pieces and parts of the plane which were still intact.  It is

their goal to:

1) To write the history of the air attacks accomplished by the Allied
Air
Forces over the Department of Cremona, from July 1944 to April 1945.
2) To reconstruct the true history of each plane which crashed in the
same
zone, during the war - They are 22:
3) Three villages in the Department of Cremona are planning the
construction of memorial stones dedicated to Allied airmen who lost
their lives during
the war.

They would like to have a Photo of Lt. Bruce Fulton to ADD to their
story
for THEIR Archives.

Bruce W. Fulton was buried on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM at
Forest
Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Erlanger, Kenton County, KY.

IF you have a copy of the 1937 yearbook & can find the Photos of Bruce &

Ralph Fulton, would you PLEASE scan them and e-mail them to me?  I will
make sure they get to the Italian Researchers.

Bruce and Ralph graduated from high school in 1936; not 1937

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