California War World II veteran shares his story

Colonel Ray Ramos is a 100-year-old World War II veteran and retired from the military for decades, but he’s still a soldier at heart. In his home office in Carmel, signs of his service are everywhere, from medals to commendations and even weapons used in World War II. He takes pride in his service and success. His legendary career began in 1942, two years out of high school. Ramos joined the army as a private and 30 years later retired as a commander of a military base. taught all of us kids that when I tell you to do something, I love you, but you better do it, and then the army gave me better training,” Ramos said. He wrote a book about his time in the military called “The Devoted Life of an American Soldier.” Ramos says he wrote it as a gift to his five children. “They really didn’t know what Dad was doing. They were all born after the war, of course,” Ramos said. “I thought, well, I’m going to write a little book and tell them what I did as best I can. I wrote this for that purpose. Maybe people will read it and maybe learn something about our country.” On Veterans Day, Ray wants people to remember the sacrifice veterans and their families have made. Ray said he lost a lot of friends on the battlefield: “I have four of my friends who are buried in Normandy on the beach there. One of them died in my arms, a guy named Jack Davis,” Ramos said. “I’ll never forget those guys.”

Colonel Ray Ramos is a 100-year-old World War II veteran and retired from the military for decades, but he’s still a soldier at heart.

In his home office in Carmel, signs of his service are everywhere, from medals to commendations and even weapons used in World War II. He takes pride in his service and success.

His legendary career began in 1942, two years out of high school. Ramos joined the army as a soldier and 30 years later retired as a military base commander.

Ramos credits both his parents with instilling a love of country in him, but says his father taught him discipline.

“My dad was a soldier and he taught all of us kids that when I tell you to do something, I love you, but you better do it, and then the army gave me better training,” Ramos said.

He wrote a book about his time in the military titled “The Devoted Life of an American Soldier.” Ramos says he wrote it as a gift to his five children.

“They really didn’t know what dad was doing. They were all born after the war, of course,” Ramos said. “I thought to myself, well, I’m going to write a little book and tell them what I’ve done the best I can. I wrote this for that purpose. Maybe people will read it and learn maybe – be something about our country.”

On Veterans Day, Ray wants people to remember the sacrifice veterans and their families have made. Ray said he lost a lot of friends on the battlefield.

“I have four friends of mine who are buried in Normandy on the beach there. One of them died in my arms, a guy named Jack Davis,” Ramos said. “I will never forget those guys.”

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