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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March 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

On his one year anniversary, I chose to quote the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur who pinned
the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) on Ed on June 13, 1945 and had spoken these words on
March 7, 1945 at the Topside Parade Grounds, Corregidor, Philippine Islands:

          Col. Jones:   “Sir, I present to you the fortress of Corregidor.”
          Gen. MacArthur:  “The capture of Corregidor is one of the most brilliant
          operations in military history. Outnumbered two to one, our command, by its
          unfaltering courage, its invincible determination and its professional skill,
          overcame all obstacles and annihilated the enemy.

          I have cited to the order of the day all units involved and I take pride in
          awarding you as Commander, the Distinguished Service Cross as a symbol
          of the fortitude, the devotion and the bravery with which you fought. 

          I see that old flagpole still stands; have the troops hoist the colors to its peak,
          and let no enemy ever haul them down.”

At a time when there is so much turmoil in the world, it’s good to recall the bravery and
steadfast dedication of these men, like Ed, as we pray for our Men and Women of the Armed
Forces who face incredible odds in various places of the world.

- Raqui Ramsey
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