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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1933


(Born N. Y.)

Edson Duncan Raff

(Ap'd N. Y.)


(Born Nov. 15, 1907, N. Y.)

Military History. — Cadet U. S. M. A., July 2, 1928 to Jan. 14, 1930 and from Aug. 28, 1930 to June 13, 1933, appointed

(2d Lt., Inf.)

At Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., 26th Inf., Co. Off., Co. C and M, Bn. Adj., 3d Bn., and Howitzer Off., Hq. Co., to

(1st Lt. Inf., June 13, 1936)

Aug. 28, 1936; en route to station to Sept. 4, 1936; at Ft. Benning, Ga., student off., Inf. School, Officers' Course, to June 18, 1937; Co. Off., Co. G, 29th Inf., to July 2, 1937; on leave and en route to station to Sept. 4, 1937; at Schofield Bks., T. H., 19th Inf., Bn. Adj., 1st Bn., to Dec. 22, 1938; Howitzer Off., Hq. Co., to Mar. 1, 1939; Communication Off., to June 1, 1940; C. O., Hq. Co., to ––––

(Capt., temp., Inf., Oct. 2, 1940).

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Schofield Bks TH, CO Hq Co, 1 Jun 40;

(Capt AUS 9 Sep 40)

(Maj AUS 1 Feb 42)

(Lt Col AUS 1 Feb 42)

NATO, CO 2 Bn 503 Prcht Inf,

(LT Col AUS 1 Feb 42)

NATO, CO 2 Bn 503 Prcht Inf,


‑42; CO Tunisian TF,

(Col AUS 2 Nov 42)

‑43;​a England, G‑3 Sec Hq ETO and FUSAG,

(Capt Inf 13 Jun 43)

‑44; France, Germany, CO 507 Prcht Inf 82 and 17 Abn Divs, — (Normandy, Ardennes)


‑45; Washington DC, LnO AAF to Hq USAF, 1 Jul 46‑

(Maj Inf 15 Jul 48)

23 Aug 48; Maxwell AFB Ala, Stu AirWC, ––––

Died, Mar. 11, 2003, Garnett, KS: Aged 95.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Raff is best known for his war record as a parachutist in the Tunisian campaign of 1942‑1943. He wrote a book on the campaign there as fought by his unit, the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment: We Jumped to Fight (Eagle Books, New York, 1944, 207pp.).

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b Col. Raff died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date of his death is from his tombstone, and the place from an article attached to it at Find-a‑Grave (q.v.).

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