LTC Ralph W. Hinrichs, Jr., US Army, Retired (Aug 13, 1947 - Feb 23, 2021)
It is with deep regret that we announce that Ralph W. Hinrichs, Jr. one of our regular members died of COVID-19 on 23 February 2021.
Ralph was a loyal and active member and officer of our chapter for many years, serving as Personal Affairs Officer from February 2015 to December 2018, and as Treasurer from January 2019 until his death. He loved serving on the chapter’s board of directors and performed every assignment with enthusiasm and excellence. For this he was awarded the coveted Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award in 2016, the most prestigious award the chapter bestows upon a member, and a MOAA Leadership Award in 2018. Additionally, Ralph served as a volunteer and the chapter’s liaison to the Fort Bragg USO, the Highland Chapter of the Red Cross, and the Cumberland County Veterans Council. Moreover, Ralph worked with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.
Ralph served on active duty with the US Army for 24 years, including a combat service in Vietnam, retiring in June 1994. His distinguished military service and personal sacrifices to our country will never be forgotten.
Ralph’s sustained outstanding service to the chapter was extraordinary and exemplary; his loss will be keenly felt by all of us. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife Dorothy and the entire Hinrichs family during their bereavement.