Lieutenant Colonel Edwin P. Ramsey was born in Illinois 9 May 1917 and was raised in Kansas. He was graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy (Now Rogers State College) May 1938 and commissioned a second lieutenant in the Cavalry Reserve.
He entered into active duty, February 1941 with the 11th Cavalry Regiment at Campo, California. The regiment was ordered to the Philippines in June 1941. Following the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December he lead desperate rear guard actions against the Japanese and was awarded the Silver Star for leading the last U. S. Army Horse Cavalry charge on the village of Morong, Bataan Peninsula, 16 January 1942. Escaping capture, he formed guerilla forces in central Luzon and, for three years, fought the Japanese Army and the Communist Huks until liberation in 1945.
His many awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, two Philippine Distinguished Conduct Stars, Gold Cross and Legion of Honor. He is the author of “Lieutenant Ramsey’s War”, published January 2002.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in 2010. Read more about Lt. Col. Ramsey.