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Mel Ranalli
Technician Fifth Grade - Army
Mel Ranalli
Assigned: 278 Combat Engineers
Highest Rank: Technician Fifth Grade
Location of Service: Europe
Gender: male
Basic Training: Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas
Military Position: Heavy Equipment
Current City: Columbus
Current State: Ohio

Awards and Citations

  • World War II Victory Medal
Honored by Bitts

My War Stories
1943 Mel was drafted into the Army when he was 18 with six months left of school.
1944 Went to Camp Robison for basic training then went conducted maneuvers through Alabama, Louisiana and Texas for six months. Got to go home for 2 weeks before shipping out at Staten Island, New York to East Liverpool, England. Was in England for about a month before going to Le Harve, France. From Le Harve went to Nece, Belgium which was about 30 miles from the Battle of the Bulge.
1944 Went through Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. Mel group was not attached to one outfit wherever they needed him is where he went. Mel often drove a jeep and carried a M-1 Carbine. The jeep was a great vehicle that could go through everything.
1944 Mel was a Combat Engineer building bridges and roads. They had bulldozers, trucks and cranes.
1944 “Buzz” bombs were shot at them every night and the distinct sound of them is a memory that Mel will never forget.
1946 Came home to the states.