Fallen Hero: Retired Staff Sergeant Ralph Boyd


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Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on March 23, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Staff Sergeant Ralph Boyd, age 72, who had served within the MSARNG in the 890th Engineer Battalion and the 154th RTI has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. Boyd had worked fulltime with the MSARNG Shelby MATES and the 154th RTI.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Oct. 30, 1952 – March 23, 2024

Ralph Boyd, 72, of Lee’s Summit, MO, died March 23, 2024. He was born Oct. 30, 1952, in Tylertown.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Desarae Boyd; parents, Carl and Aline Boyd. Survivors include son Joel (Molly) Boyd; granddaughters Sally Boyd and Alene Boyd; brother Stan (Carolyn) Boyd; and nephew Ian Boyd.