Army History of Marvin B. Ratliff Seay Military History Ratliff Military History
Justin Ratliff's Family Lineage Background on the Ratliffs Background on the Seays
My story of my Ratliff ancestors includes a story handed down of 4 brothers riding out of Virginia in the late 1700's and coming to settle in eastern Kentucky. Two of the Ratliff brothers continued on to Washington State.
Floyd and Ollie Ratliff
Floyd Ratliff and Ollie B.
Hale: Parents of 8 children including...
Marvin Bryan Ratliff was born on 7-1-1925 and died 8-20-2005 (in Middletown, OH) at the age of 80. He served in W.W.II. His first marriage was to Pauline Lawson. Marvin and Pauline had two children: Marvin Wayne Ratliff and Joyce Gail Ratliff (Wright). He then married Wilma W. Seay who was born 1-11-1925 (in Covington, Ky) and died 3-23-2002 (In Middletown, OH) at age 77. Marvin and Wilma had one daughter, Doreen Ratliff, and a couple of children who did not survive child birth.
My grandparents Marvin and Wilma Ratliff lived in Middletown, Oh and were very happily married for 45 years. Marvin worked and retired from Aeronca where he worked as an aircraft machinist. He took part in projects for the B-52 bomber, the Apollo Space missions and the Space Shuttle. Marvin Ratliff was an avid hunter and expert marksmen. He was also a member of the Masons and NRA. He was also a neighborhood handy man who would fix just about anything for anyone.
Wilma Ratliff was the head nurse in the surgical department of Middletown Hospital until she was in a sever car accident caused by a drunk driver. Wilma enjoyed cooking, baking, volunteering at Church, bringing food to the needy and making lap ropes (small blankets) to donate to area nursing homes. Both Marvin and Wilma were very active in their Christian life, volunteered at their church at Titus Ave. Church of God and later Towne Blvd. Church of God both in Middletown. Both were also foster parents to a number of children throughout their years together.
Doreen Kay Ratliff was in part named after her aunts on her mother (Wilma's) side which were Katharine Crowe and Dora (Crowe) Seay.
Justin Richard Ratliff born 4-15-1979 is son to Doreen Ratliff and Timothy Buckles.
Floyd Ratliff's parents were Andrew T. "Andy" Ratliff, born 4-3-1859, died 1942 Menifee Co., Ky. And Mary Susan Trimble, born 1865, married Andrew in 1882 and died 5-20-1916 Menifee Co., Ky. Mary's mother was Mary Ellen Hughes and her father was James Harvey Trimble.
Andrew T. Ratliff's parents were Henry Ratliff b.3-5-1823 d.3-11-1907 his Father was James Ratliff and his Mother was Elizabeth Lawson Godsey. Henry Ratliff married on 2-8-1854 to Nancy Caroline Nickell b.3-3-1834 d.10-11-1881 and her Father was John Nickell and her mother was Nancy Kash.
Henry and Nancy Ratliff had the following children: Emily (Stamper) Ratliff b.1850 d.6-10-1929 married 12-27-1865 to Benjamine Wells; James Kelse Ratliff b.4-10-1855 d.5-30-1916 married 4-10-1875 to Nancy Jane Dennis; Pauline Ratliff b.3-20-1855 d.12-30-1928 married 1877 to William Thomas Wells; Andrew T. Ratliff b.4-3-1859 d.1942 married Mary Susan Trimble; Levi T. Ratliff b.4-30-1861 d.4-16-1937 married 12-22-1881 to Grace Wells, Palmere Rangee; Eveline Ratliff b.1864 d.1-22-1945 married 12-29-1881 to Ben Roe Wells; John W. Ratliff b.1868 d.4-26-1926 married 1887 Maggie/Sarah/Margaret Sexton; William "Bill" Ratliff; b.1868 d.1928 married 1892 to Jousha "Rossie" Ledford; Sarah Bet Ratliff b.1875 d.1929, Ellis/Elsie Ratliff b.3-16-1876 d.10-10-1950 married 3-16-1876 to James William "Jim" Sutherland.
Andrew and Mary Ratliff had the following children: Will Ratliff b.1885 d.1964; Millard Ratliff b.1886 d.11-30-1961; Floyd Ratliff b.8-30-1888 d.2-12-1968; Leona "Onie" Ratliff b. 11-19-1889 d.3-5-1961; Pearl Ratliff b.12-19-1891 d.1972; Clarence Ratliff b.1901 d.1976
So my history is James Ratliff, father of Henry Ratliff, father of Andrew T. Ratliff, father of Floyd Ratliff, father of Marvin B. Ratliff, father of Doreen Ratliff, Mother of Justin R. Ratliff
Background on the Seays
The story of my Seay family history starts with Willie Tilford Seay, who was born Willie Tilford Sea. Durring World War One (W.W.I) the United States War Department forced his name to be changed to Seay, with a Y, the reason that was explained is because the name "Sea" would cause a disruption to communications and the enemy might mistake his name for a special code. A strange story, but one that appears to be true as his name did change.
Willie T. Seay married Dora Crow McPherson.
| The Sea Coat of Arms.
Army Service of Marvin B. Ratliff
Marvin B. Ratliff reported for
Company was made up of several colorful
characters including Sergeant Paris, Corporal Greasy who was of German
and could speak the language fluently and a Jewish private from NY City
father was the owner of a large department store which supplied the US
prepared their artillery guns went to port of embarkation. Was
prepared as 6th wave to attack
Was assigned to the 57th under
Re-assigned to the 3rd Army under Patton for the
Re-assigned to the 1st Army under Bradley.
601st was re-tasked to defend airfields for the 8th
He left the service
rank of Corporal and stayed in the Reserves throughout part of the
and helped train troops in C company
141st Tank Battalion at
Marvin B. Ratliff in Grade School.
Wilma Seay (Marvin's Wife and mother to Doreen) also served her country during W.W. II. She became a nurse, through an Army program to train nurses and was assigned the rank of Lieutenant, though she was not actually in the Army. She was not needed overseas when she graduated but she did excel as a nurse stateside in the veterans hospital in Indiana.
Sanford Seay, circa W.W.II
Wilma Seay's brother William Sanford Seay also served in W.W.II in the Pacific and was stationed in Japan.
Willie Seay, circa W.W.I
Previous Seay ancestors participation in the military included Willy T. Sea who served in the first World War. His birth recorders shows that his last name was spelled SEA. However the Army told him they were going to add a Y to his last name because the enemy would think SEA was a code name. Because of this SEAY became the family name, as it was changed by the government.
Please Note: This history is written by Justin Ratliff
and placed in reference to Marvin Bryan Ratliff. So when Older
Brother is used, that means the person is the Older Brother of Marvin
Bryan Ratliff. Also please note that history of
many of the Ratliff's listed here can be found at the wwIImemorial.com
website thanks the the efforts of several other Ratliff family members.
Please Note: This history is written by Justin Ratliff and placed in reference to Marvin Bryan Ratliff. So when Older Brother is used, that means the person is the Older Brother of Marvin Bryan Ratliff. Also please note that history of many of the Ratliff's listed here can be found at the wwIImemorial.com website thanks the the efforts of several other Ratliff family members.
Wife, Wilma W. Ratliff (Seay), served as a VA nurse for the veterans returning home from WWII
Older Brother, Alva
Edison Ratliff reported for
service in December 1942. He saw
combat as a technical 5HT Grade in Company B of the 118th
Battalion as an ambulance orderly in the Southern Philippines, Luzon,
and Bismarck-Archipelago. Honorably
discharged October 1945.
Brother, Willard C. Ratliff, served July 20th, 1942 and was
discharged November 27th, 1945. He
served in the 115th Battalion of Combat Engineers in
Brother-In-Law, Sanford William Seay, served in the Pacific and was stationed in Japan WW II.
Paul recounted how it was hard to trust the Arab people in their
they most often would want to work in the American camp and trade with
during the day and the same people would try to kill them at night.
Paul took part at the landing in
Soon after words he heard the sound of gun fire and horrible
the wounded and troops running in disarray.
He feared the worst had happened to the Air Borne and his unit
was low on
ammunition. But this time it was not
the Americans screaming and running, it was the SS.
The SS were running and stealing or begging for Italian civilian
They wanted out of their SS uniforms.
A few hours later, Paul found out why.
The Waffen SS troops were found pinned up to all the doors where
once painted a Star of David which signified a Jew once lived there
taken to a concentration camp.
The SS were ran of town that day.
The SS were ran of town that day.
Brother, Albert Herald Ratliff, served in the Korean War
Cousin, Nathan Hale, served as a spy during the American Revolutionary
worked directly for George Washington and was discovered and hung to
the British at the age of 21, his famous last
words were, “I regret that I
have but one live to give for my country.”
His death caused a total reformation of the spy business and a
methodology was created, a method which is still used to this day to
human intelligence. His statue
stands outside the front entrance of the United States Central
General Isaac R. Trimble, a native Baltimorean, had accompanied the Army
Northern Virginia northward to
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