Elba, Nebraska


Ralph Shinn was from Elba, Nebraska. He attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney, where he was on the track team. When he left for service as an enlisted soldier in the Marine Corps, he only lacked six months of school until he would have graduated. He died on May 16th, 1945 on Okinawa. He was awarded an honorary degree from NSTC at Kearney from President Cushing.

Branch of Service

Marine Corps



Military Occupational Specialty


Death Date


Original Source Location

UNK Archives Briggs Collection, Box 23, Folder 4, Envelope 5

Additional Information

Additional information available in the 1946 Blue and Gold yearbook, viewable at http://library.unk.edu/archives/ . If you'd like to schedule a visit to view these materials in person, or if you'd like to submit additional information, please contact us.

Shinn-Ralph-B23F4E5-04.pdf (287 kB)
Cpl. Ralph C. Shinn, Former Student at College, Is Killed

Shinn-Ralph-B23F4E5-05.pdf (99 kB)
Corp. Ralph Shinn Killed

Shinn-Ralph-Memorial.pdf (1365 kB)
Memorial to Ralph C. Shinn

Briggs-B23-Env-5-Ralph-Shinn-03.tif (423088 kB)
Ralph Shinn in uniform (high quality)



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