Pfc. Thomas "Tom" Ryan    

Mil# 11048960

Enlisted: 5 March 1942, Boston, MA

Recon. Company 643rd TD BN.






Born: 9 June 1915    Place:

Died: 12 April 1945  Place: Barby, Germany


Date of Temp Burial: 19 April 1945   at: American Military Cemetery Margraten (Netherlands)

Location: Plot: EE  Row: 9  Grave: 215

Date Final Buriel: 23 December 1948  at: American Military Cemetery Margraten (Netherlands)   

Location: Plot: D  Row: 18  Grave: 6


Father: Timothy Ryan  Mother: ?

Brothers: Frank, T.J. and John Ryan

Frank's Old Address: 14 Brooks Street, Andover, MA

Frank's New Address: 274 Salem Street, Lawrence, MA


Sister: Genevieve Tomlinson,  Agnes Gordon and Mrs. Hendry (first name unknown)


Genevieve born: 23 October 1899    Deceased: January 1973

Last known address: 19 Bennington Street, Lawrence, MA






       Purple Heart    -   Bronze Star Medal





On April 12, 1945 around 1500 hours 1st Platoon of the Recon Company 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion left the hamlet Wespen driving on the secondary road leading east into the city of Barby, just as the Platoon approached almost the outskirts west of Barby three jeeps and two (M8) Armored cars received a heavy burst of fire from out the city outskirts, wounding quite a few men and later proved 5 men were killed, Thomas was one of them.

              Thomas Ryan's obituary from the Andover Townsman Newspaper of April 26, 1945







Thomas gravemarker at AMC Margraten, Netherlands


WWII Memorial in Andover, MA.

E-Mail Received from

Michael Burke, Director of Veterans Services, Town of Andover

Please note, that we do honor Mr. Ryan on our town WWII Monument where 60 of our own sons were killed in the war.

Lastly, on behalf of Andoverís Veterans (living and deceased), and our entire community, I extend a heartfelt thanks for friendship to our nation and the care concern of our loved ones at solemn rest at the American Cemetery Margraten.  

With Warmest Regards,

Michael Burke