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Burnell served in three wars, wrote manual on every WWII aircraft

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Ralph Ransom Burnell lived a storied life that included serving in three wars and resulted in a maintenance manual for every plane in service during World War II.
 

Ralph Ransom Burnell lived a storied life that included serving in three wars and resulted in a maintenance manual for every plane in service during World War II.

 

Ralph Ransom Burnell lived a storied life that included serving in three wars and resulted in a writing a maintenance manual for every plane in service during World War II.

Burnell retired after a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Burnell, 94, died Monday. Read his obituary here.

Burnell was a typical teenager in 1941, enlisting in the service, to serve his country in WW II. Burnell was 17 in August 1941 and assigned to the USS Langley, a light (11,000 ton) aircraft carrier.

He was assigned to a Fleet-work group to write a manual on every aircraft in service at that time.

A little more than two years later Burnell was assigned to the aircraft carrier Enterprise (the Big E).

Burnell was a member of Abner Creek Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 

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