Major Ralph C. Alburger, United States Marine Corps, was born in 1888 in Pennsylvania to Abraham C. and Lena S. Alburger. Besides Ralph, there was a brother, Eugene and a sister, Helen. The Alburgers had moved to Camden County, New Jersey, by 1913, when Eugene passed away at age 13. The family purchased a cemetery plot at Arlington Cemetery at Cove Road and Westfield Avenue.
Ralph Alburger entered the military in 1917. Discharged after World War I, he was living with his widowed mother Lena Alburger at 209 South Cove Road in Merchantville, New Jersey, and working as a clerk in 1920, supporting his mother, grandmother, sister Helen, and a nephew. At some point shortly thereafter, Ralph C. Alburger rejoined the Marines, and had served all over the world, before taking ill. He passed away on March 9, 1945.
Major Alburger was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia. His parents, brother, and sister are buried together at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken New Jersey.
COURIER-POST, CAMDEN, THURSDAY MARCH 29, 1945
MAJOR R.C. ALBURGER DIES IN MARYLAND
Word has been received here of the death on March 9, of Major Ralph C. Alburger, USMC. Major Alburger, a former Merchantville resident, died in the Naval Hospital, Bethesda Maryland, following treatment at the Oakland, California, hospital and St. Albans, Long Island New York.
Major Alburger had been in the service since 1917 and had recently returned from a 26 month tour of duty in the Southwest Pacific. Prior to that time he had been Post Quartermaster at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Navy Yards for six years and had served in China, Virgin Islands and other possessions of the United States.
Major Alburger is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Helen A. Crane, of Darien Connecticut.
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