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Ralph E. Wilde ( McCall 1946 )

posted: Mar 13, 2008

Ralph Edwin Wilde, 86 of McCall, died March 9, 2008. Upon graduation from Cascade High School, Ralph enlisted in the Navy and served in WW II as a CB in the South Pacific area. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Ralph was a squadleaders in McCall during the 1946 season. He jumped from 1946 until 1949 when a back fracture from landing on a rock ended his career. He immensely enjoyed his smokejumping experience and the friends he made while fighting fires, as well as those he has made at Jumper Coffee hours. Ralph’s brother Paul (deceased) also rookied at McCall in 1946.