Edward Ruess was born in New Jersey on 3/10/1919 to Grace and Charles Ruess. He had a sister and three brothers. The family lived in Teaneck and Englewood, NJ. Edward attended Teaneck High School and it is noted in the 1936 Yearbook that he played on the School’s Football Team.
Edward attended and graduated from the Cumberland State Teacher’s College in Shippenburg, PA in 1940. He served as Secretary-Treasurer on the School’s Athletic Council and played on the Football Team. Edward also played professional football (Left End) during the 1940 season for the NY Yankees.
On 12/31/41 Edward Ruess was married to the former Florence Peters.
First Lieutenant Ruess served in the 6th Marine Division, 22nd Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He won his Officer’s Commission in September of 1942 after graduating from Officer’s Candidates School and after having been overseas for 16 months.
Lieutenant Ruess was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon leader in the Battle for Okinawa in which he was killed when he deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire in order that covering fire could be effectively directed against the Japanese so that the lives of his men could be protected.
This heroic Marine lies buried in Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, NJ. He was survived by three brothers, all of whom served oversees in the military.
High School Yearbook
Shippenburg, PA, State Teachers College "Cumberland" Yearbook
- 1920 United States Federal Census for Edward Ruess
- 1930 United States Federal Census for Edward Ruess
- 1940 United States Federal Census for Edward Ruess
- U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
- Pages 192-195 from "The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb" by George Feifer on Google Books
- Pages 39 - 41 from "Killing Ground on Okinawa, the Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill" by James Hallas on Google Books
- Lt. Edward Ruess Dies of Wounds - The Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday, May 31, 1945 (from Google News)
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
Find A Grave Website