Ralph R. Dick was born April 15, 1904, in Midland City, a town of fewer than 700 people in southeast Alabama. His father, Charlie Dick, was a farmer, and his mother, Lillia Clements Dick, a homemaker.
The son enlisted in the Navy in the early 1920s. He married Charlotte Gregory in Los Angeles in 1934 and the couple lived in Long Beach, next to San Pedro, which was home port to many ships.
Mr. Dick was a gunner’s mate first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.