LA Times obituary, March 12, 2013
Retired international business executive, avid polo player, WWII guerrilla leader in the Philippines, and co-author (with Stephen Rivele) of the memoir, “Lieutenant Ramsey's War,” Ramsey was born in Illinois and graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy. He volunteered to serve with the 26th Cavalry of the Philippine Scouts, and after Japan invaded the Philippines, Ramsey escaped to mobilize and later lead as many as 40,000 guerrilla fighters in central Luzon.
In January 1942 on Bataan, he led the last mounted U.S. Army Horse Cavalry charge, for which he received the Silver Star. In June 1945 Gen. Douglas MacArthur pinned on Lt. Col. Ramsey the Distinguished Service Cross. Post-war, Ramsey attended the University of Oklahoma Law School, represented Hughes Aircraft Co. in Japan, and later was president of his own companies in Taiwan, then in the Philippines, where he met and married his second wife, Raquel Ramirez, in 1979.
In retirement, Ramsey moved to Los Angeles and began another career as a public speaker following the success of his 1991 war memoir (excerpted in Readers Digest, the book remains in print to this day). He lobbied Congress to fulfill its wartime promise of benefits for Filipinos who fought for the U.S. in WWII, and he was made an honorary Green Beret, among many honors.
Ramsey is survived by his adoring wife Raquel, a teacher and administrator at Beverly Hills High School, four loving children from his first marriage, Edwin Jr., Douglas, Michele and Janine, as well as four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a wide circle of close friends and admirers. A viewing and funeral mass will take place at 10AM on Thursday, March 14 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 10750 Ohio Ave (at Shelby) in Los Angeles. Later he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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