Ensign, U.S. Navy
Born July 21, 1916
Died: May 7, 1942
Ralph Peter Plumb was born July 21, 1916 in Tustin, California,
the oldest son of Hugh
J Plumb and Frances Adams Plumb. The family was well known
in Tustin as Frances Adams was born in Tustin in 1888 while
Hugh Plumb arrived in 1906.
Plumb served as the Orange County Tax Assessor and Frankie,
as his mother
was called, was one of Tustin's first settlers. She was
involved in many philanthropic organizations such as the
Ebell Club, the PEO Sisterhood Chapter DI and the
as he was known in Tustin elementary and at Tustin High,
could be described as the All-American boy. He was an athlete,
participating in Football, Basketball, Track and Swimming,
Although described as shy, he was an officer in the Drama
Club, Choir, a Broadcaster and member of the Spanish Club.
graduating from Tustin High in 1934, Peter attended Santa
Ana College and received his Bachelor of Science degree
from the University of California, Berkley, where he majored
joined the United States Naval Reserve in 1939 receiving
his military training at Northwestern University and began
active duty in March 1941. He was assigned to the supply
ship, the USS Neosho.
The USS Neosho participated in rates on Leyte and the Salomon
Islands. On May 7, 1942 at the Battle of Coral Sea, the
Neosho was mistaken as an aircraft carrier and attacked
by Japanese bombers. The Neosho was directly hit seven times,
including by a suicide dive bomber. More than two-thirds
of the crew were killed, including Ensign Ralph Peter Plumb.
He was 25 years old and Tustin's first soldier to die during
Ensign Plumb is the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon
with three Battle Stars, the American Theater Ribbon, and
the pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbon. His body was buried at sea
with the sinking of the USS Neosho.
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