Edwin Price Ramsey was born in Illinois, raised in Kansas, and graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Cavalry Reserve in May of 1938, he entered active service in February of 1941 with the famous 11th Cavalry Regiment, at Campo, California. In June of 1941 he volunteered for service in the Philippines with the elite 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts). With Regular Army officers and Filipino soldiers, the regiment was considerably smaller than a normal stateside cavalry regiment. It consisted of six line troops in two squadrons, with a total of 54 officers and 784 enlisted men.
In December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and then invaded the Philippines, the regiment was ordered north as part of the North Luzon Force to oppose the Japanese landings in Lingayan Gulf. Additional landings elsewhere forced the withdrawal of the outnumbered American and Filipino forces, whose retreat was covered by the 26th Cavalry into Bataan. Leading a 27-man Platoon, as advance guard for the 1st Regular Division of the Philippine Army, on January 1st, 1942 at the village of Morong, Bataan, Lieutenant Ramsey encountered a Japanese infantry force in the village and immediately ordered a charge. General Wainwright later awarded Ramsey the Silver star for gallantry in action for leading what became the last Horse Cavalry charge in U.S. history.
Escaping after the surrender of Bataan, Lieutenant Ramsey formed the guerrilla forces in Central Luzon. Then came three years of agonizing guerrilla warfare, waged by courageous Americans and Filipinos on Luzon Island, fighting both the imperial Japanese Army and communist Huk guerrillas to prepare the way for the return of General Douglas MacArthur. Ramsey also sent critical intelligence information to General Douglas MacArthur in preparation for the liberation of the Philippines. After his return, General MacArthur personally awarded Ramsey the Distinguished Service Cross for his guerrilla activities.
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Lieutenant Ramsey's War
From Horse Soldier to Guerilla Commander
November 5, 2016
As the November 13 World Premiere of Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story approaches, we have added a section to the site focused on the film and its creation. Please be sure to check it out and if you have already received an invitation to the premiere, mark your calendar!
November 3, 2016
Dear Family & Friends,
It is with deep sadness that I forward to you this moving piece by the Hollywood Reporter on the passing of a dear friend, John Travers. He worked diligently and passionately on Ed's story as he wrote the script for the documentary and he completed the film which was entered into the Academy by the Producers and passed away in his sleep at the young age of 57. It is tragic and so sad to lose him before the Premiere of the documentary on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in LA. We will honor him & his work at the event as he loved Ed's story and poured his heart and soul into every page. He has joined Ed, his hero, up above.
My love & prayers,