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Last Name:Ricken
First Name:Alfred
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Home State:New Jersey
County or Town:Union County
Year or Date born:1915
Year or Date died:02/25/1945
Branch of service:Army
Location(s) served:Italian Campaign - KIA
Where buried?:Florence American Cemetery
What did you learn with this action?:I learned that though this man died a long time ago, the things he fought for are still very important to me and my country. I am grateful for his service and his sacrifice.
What inspired you about this individual to do something in your life to make a difference?:I was particularly struck by how young Ricken was. He was only 30 - just 10 years older than me. It seems odd to me that he died so young, and that men just like him are dying even as I write this in Iraq and Afghanistan.I am inspired to reach out and help organizations that support and give back to troops and veterans, and to use my field of study - neuroscience - to help the young men that return.
Submitter Name:ehaynes
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