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Lt. Col. Edwin Price Ramsey led the last cavalry charge in the U.S. Army, which was in 1942 in Bataan.
From Staff Reports Modified: March 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013
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Lt. Col. Edwin Price Ramsey, a member of Oklahoma's Military Hall of Fame who led the last horse cavalry charge in the U.S. Army, has died in Los Angeles.

Ramsey died Thursday, his widow said.

Ramsey, who was educated at Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore (now Rogers State College), led the horse cavalry charge on Jan. 16, 1942, at Bataan, where American and Philippine soldiers were fighting the invading Japanese army.

When Bataan and the rest of the Philippines fell, Ramsey escaped and formed a guerrilla force in central Luzon in the Philippines.

Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, commander of forces in the Philippines, awarded Ramsey the Silver Star for gallantry for leading the charge.

After the war, Ramsey attended the University of Oklahoma School of Law.

Ramsey wrote a book, “Lieutenant Ramsey's War.”

His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and three Presidential Unit Citations.

Ramsey lived in Los Angeles for many years.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

Ramsey will be buried later at Arlington National Cemetery.

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