Staff Sergeant Ralph Maynard Bullock

SSgt Bullock

World War II

US Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
Service Number: 38008626
Born: 1918
Inducted: July 15, 1941
Reported missing in action August 12, 1944 near Brest, France
Remains recovered and status changed to killed in action September 5, 1944
Buried: Brittany American Cemetery, Plot H, Row 13 Grave 9, St. James, France

Purple Heart

Son of Ralph M. and Cora Bullock of Wray.

Ralph M Bullock

Published August 1944

Missing In France

S/Sgt. Ralph Maynard Bullock, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Bullock of west of Wray, has been reported as missing in action in France since August 12. He volunteered for service and was inducted in the army in Denver on July 14, 1941. He was sent to the Ft. Bliss reception center. His basic training was at Camp Walters, Texas, then he went to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and went thru maneuvers there. He was on guard duty "on the keys" at Key West, Florida soon after war was declared. From there he returned to Ft. Jackson and was sent on to Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and later to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was trained in motor transport work. He took desert training at Camp Laguna, Arizona, and returned to Camp Forrest for communications training. He arrived overseas, in North Ireland, just before Christmas of last year and was there until he went into action in France on July 5.

Published August 1944


Staff Sgt. Ralph Maynard Bullock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bullock who reside northwest of Wray, has been reported missing in action since Aug. 12. Mr. and Mrs. Bullock received a telegram from the War Department last Saturday informing them of the sad news. S-Sgt. Bullock a member of the 28th Infantry was somewhere in France. No further details were given.

Maynard volunteered for service early in July 1941 and was sworn into the U.S. Army in Denver the 15th of that same month. He received his basic training at Camp Walters, Texas and trained at several other camps before going overseas just before Christmas 1943. He landed in North Ireland but for some little time has been in combat in France. Friends here will await anxiously for further word of Maynard.

Wray Gazette October 5, 1944

Staff Sergeant Ralph Maynard Bullock, 26, was a casualty of the war in France and was killed in action on September 5.

He volunteered for service on July 15, 1941. He went overseas just before Christmas of last year and went into action in the battle of France on July 5. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Bullock of west of Wray.

Biography from the 1993 book, "The War Years"

Ralph Maynard Bullock of Wray was killed in fighting in France in 1944. A son of Ralph and Cora Bullock, Maynard joined the Army in Denver on July 15, 1941, and received basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. He also trained at Ft. Bliss, Texas; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo,: Camp Forest, Tenn.; Desert Center in California, and Ft. Jackson S.C. before shipping out on the USS Enterprise and landing in North Ireland shortly before Christmas 1943, then moving into France. He was serving with the 28th Infantry, 8th Division, and became a Staff Sergeant. He was killed by a sniper's bullet in the hedgerows of France on Aug. 12, 1944, and was buried at the U.S. Military Cemetery at St. James, France. His parents at first knew only that he was missing in action, and were notified of his death on September 30, 1944. Tribute was paid at a memorial service December 10, 1944, at the Wray Grade School.

In a letter to his parents shortly before his death, Maynard wrote: "It is really nice out here today - sun shining and warm. Just like a cool summer day back home. Just wish I was there about now. I would like to see the horses. There are still a few cows around here, but you hardly ever see a horse. On the ground we have been over, lots of cattle have been killed by artillery. You should be here and see the planes that have been in the air this morning. I don't think I would be stretching it when I say 1,500 heavy bombers and I don't know how many fighter escorts there were with them. They sure do look good up there flying around, and they have been doing a lot of bombing a short distance ahead of us. I surely would hate to see that many enemy planes coming around me. I really would be hitting a hole, and have it good and deep......."

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