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55081 CPT Ralph (Jay) John Harting III USA
August 19, 1976 - April 29, 2005


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Capt. Ralph (Jay) John Harting III, 28, died April 29th, 2005 while inspecting a truck at a checkpoint 30 miles south of Baghdad in Diyarah, Iraq. The driver detonated a bomb, killing Harting, and his West Point classmate Capt. Stephen Frank, 29.

CPT Harting is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughter Adeline Rose is 2, Ralph John IV, 1, and newborn Son Warren Chiever, born on May 1, who was delivered after Jennifer's labor was induced. "They brought Warren out early so that Jennifer could be there to welcome Jay home and so the baby would be there when his dad comes home," said June Harting, Jay's mother.

A joint memorial service will be held for Frank and Harting on on Friday, May 6 at Fort Irwin at 1400 hours in the main chapel on post. Another service will be held for them at West Point on 12 May, where they will be buried. Services at 1000 for Harting and 1330 for Frank. [note time change for Frank Funeral]

These Classmates were both raised in Detroit, graduated from West Point together, died together, and buried together will also have their eulogy pages linked to each other:
CPT Stephen Frank

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CPT Harting's awards include: Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 oak leaf clusters), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Multinational Force Observer Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Parachutist's Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.


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