Major Ralph Cheli was born on October 19, 1929 in San Francisco, California as the son of Alfred and Julia Cheli.
He died March 4, 1944 as a POW at a Japanese Camp. There are two conflicting stories as to how he died. One states he was being transfered to another POW camp and the ship he was on sunk. The other story is that he actually died in the camp from wounds both from his fiery crash and injuries received at the camp. His remains were found at the camp, leaving the family to believe he died in the camp.
Ralph was surived by his wife Geraldine and infant son Ralph Jr.
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