Woodbury County

S/Sgt. Ralph M. Ebbensgaard


Fun on Furlough
Sioux Cityans Enjoy Army Vacations

Furloughs are the fashion for a number of Sioux Cityans serving Uncle Sam in military manner.

Corp. R.H. Schoeberl of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., is spending 10 days with his mother, Mrs. Emma Schoeberl, 1001 Nebraska.

Corp. Fred J. Frederickson of the air corps at Scottfield, Ill., is spending several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Frederickson, 909 Ninth.

Bernard Dandurand, 716 Court and Harold Peterson, 4112 Bluff, privates at Camp Claiborne, La., spent a few days at St. Augustine, Florida.

Sgt. Ralph M. Ebbensgaard, stationed at Fort Ord., Cal., is spending a 30-day furlough at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ebbensgaard, 2910 Peters.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, October 29, 1941

Former Student at East High Killed, Sister-in-law Told

S. Sgt. Ralph M. Ebbensgaard was killed in action on Leyte Island December 5, 1944, according to word received from the War Department by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Donald Ebbensgaard, 2910 Peters avenue.  He also had taken part in the battles of Attu and the Marshall islands.

A former student of East high school, Sgt. Ebbensgaard enlisted in the Army June 22, 1936. His brother, Sgt. Donald Ebbensgaard, is stationed at Boca Raton, Fla.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 16, 1945

Sgt. Ralph Ebbensgaard Killed in Leyte Battle

S. Sgt. Ralph Milton Ebbensgaard was killed in action in Leyte on December 5, 1944, according to word received from the War Department. Memorial services will be held at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Allen M. McCall, pastor of the church, officiating.

Sgt. Ebbensgaard was born in Sioux City December 6, 1916. He lived in Sioux City all of his life. He was a graduate of East high school and entered service after graduation in 1936. His first hitch in the Army was served at Fort Crook, Neb. He later went to Camp Ord, Cal., and from there was shipped overseas.

He participated in the Battle of Attu and also saw action at the Marshall islands for which he was awarded bronze stars. He was also presented with the good conduct medal twice. From the Marshalls he went to the Philippines where he was killed.

He is survived by two brothers, Sgt. Donald J. Ebbensgaard, who is in the air corps stationed at Traux field, Madison, Wis., and Pfc. Robert Charles Ebbensgaard, who is with the Marine Corps stationed in the southwest Pacific. Sgt. Ebbensgaard’s wife lives at 2910 Peters avenue in Sioux City.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 17, 1945 (photo included)