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Cumberland Goes To War is a community heritage project coordinated and promoted by Allegany County Tourism in partnership with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, the City of Cumberland, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the Allegany County Commissioners and the City of Cumberland. More information about the project and/or the images in the archive can be obtained by emailing info@cumberlandgoestowar.com.


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Ralph Leasure
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Staff Sgt. Ralph Leasure
2nd Division, 38th Infantry
Landed on Omaha Beach of D-Day + One (June 7th) and fought through France and Germany. Sgt. Leasure was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. After being wounded both times he was evacuated to Ireland and then sent back into battle. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and also was attached to General George Patton during the liberation of Bastone and Paris.
Sgt. Leasure enlisted with his best friend, "Red" Burkett. They were stationed together until Burkett was killed in action somewhere in France.


Sgt. Leasure was born and raised on Beall Street in Cumberland. He was a professional golfer prior to entering the Army. He caddied and worked for Carroll Boggs at the Cumberland Country Club as a youth and later after returning home from the war in 1945, he was appointed head golf pro at Bedford Springs Golf Club wher he worked until he was killed in an automobile accident near the Springs in 1950.
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