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Date and Place of Birth: March 5, 1915 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: December 20, 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Military Unit: 60th Coast Artillery US Army
Area Served:Pacific Theater of Operations
Raymond L "Ray" Makepeace was born on
March 5, 1915 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from DeLa Salle High School in
In 1937, Makepeace had a tryout with the Cardinals farm team at
Working in a defense plant just before the war,
Makepeace enlisted to serve in
attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces were swift to assault the
Philippines and the island surrendered
in May 1942. Staff Sergeant Makepeace was captured and given
temporary duty repairing boats in
One day he was watching Japanese soldiers playing baseball when a ball rolled to his feet. As he bent down to pick it up one of the soldiers asked if he knew Ted Williams. He said he did. He was then asked if he knew Babe Ruth. He said he knew him too. The soldier smiled broadly and said, “Fuck Babe Ruth!”
Makepeace later shipped to
Ray Makepeace passed away on
December 20, 2005 in
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