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[Continuing my sharing with you of some of the raw research for the book I am writing of the 176 Amsterdam area men who died in World War II. Anyone having newspaper clippings, telegrams, letters, anecdotes and/or good quality photos of these men, kindly comment here or email me at the address in the left column]

Recorder, January 11, 1945

Makes Supreme Sacrifice in Defense of Country's Honor At Luxembourg Last Dec. 22

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Ryan, 51 Lincoln Avenue, have received word from the War Department that their son, Private Charles J. Ryan, was killed in action in Luxembourg on December 22 last while serving with the 104th Infantry Regiment of the 26th Yankee Division, Third Army.

Text of Telegram

The text of the telegram was as follows:
"The Secretary of War desires me to express deep regret that your son, Private Charles F. Ryan, was killed in action on December 22 at Luxembourg. Confirming letter follows.
"Acting Adjutant General."

Native of Amsterdam
Private Ryan was born in Amsterdam January 1, 1924. He moved to Perth in 1929 and attended school there, graduating from the Perth Central High School in the Class of 1940. Following his graduation he returned to Amsterdam to make his home and was a post-graduate at the Wilbur H. Lynch Senior High School, in the Class of 1941.

At the time of his induction, February 9. 1943, he was employed as a machinist's apprentice by the General Electric Company of Schenectady. He reported for duty at Camp Upton. N. Y.. and received his basic training in the Artillery at Fort Bragg, N. C. then being transferred to the Citadel, Charleston, S. C. before being assigned to the University of Maine at Orono, Me., for STP training in engineering. When this program was discontinued by the War Department he was sent to Nashville, Tenn., for maneuvers and was then transferred to the Infantry reconnaissance  branch of the service at Fort Jackson, S. C., where he remained until being sent overseas from an eastern point of embarkation, arriving in France September 8. 1944, with the 104th infantry of the Yankee Division, assigned to the Third Army.

Private Ryan was popular in the circles in which he moved and he had a wide circle of friends throughout this section. Besides his parents he is survived by one brother, Master Technical Sergeant John F. Ryan, Jr., U. S. Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific, also some aunts and uncles.

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