Sgt. Ravel Apple
Our Hometown Heroes
Killed in Action off Coast of Morocco
Sgt. Ravel Apple was born in Jenkinsburg, GA. on October 13, 1918. Little is known of Apple’s life. We do know, however, Apple was a farmer and would enlist in the U.S. Army on August 13, 1940. He went through the enlistment process at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta.
Assigned to the 41st Armored Infantry out of the Philippines, Sqt. Apple would later be sent to the coast of Casablanca, Morocco, where he was onboard the USS Electra. While onboard, the ship was hit by a torpedo, the bulkhead door gave way and Apple along with numerous shipmates drown. Sgt. Apple was awarded the Purple Heart.
His father, Sanford Malcom Apple, died in 1954. His mother, Mattie Lou Jinks Apple, lived until 1984. He had one sister, Ina Rue Apple.
Sgt. Ravel Apple was burned in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Carthage, Morocco. A memorial to Sgt. Apple can be found at the Ringgold Baptist Church, in the Spalding County community of Ringgold.