Harting, Ralph John III


Rank: Captain

Unit: E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11A00 – Infantry

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman‘s Badge, Expert Infantryman‘s Badge, Parachutist‘s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab

Note: He applied to all four service academies and was accepted at each, enrolling at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He was killed along side his friend Captain Frank. They were classmates at West Point.

Commission Source: United States Military Academy class of 1998

Date of birth: 19-Aug-1976

Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan

Marital status: Married to Jennifer Harting. Three children; Adeline, Ralph and Warren.

Campaign: Iraq

Date of casualty: 30-Apr-2005

Age at death: 28

Cause of death: Hostile Death. Hostile Action.
Ralph John Harting III was killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated as he was conducting a traffic-control-point inspection in Diyarah, Iraq.

Two Blackhorse troopers were killed in this incident:
Capt. Ralph John Harting III
Capt. Stephen William Frank

Location of fatality: Diyarah, Iraq

Place of interment: United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York, USA

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