On December 19, 2012, of Collingswood, NJ. Age 91 years.
Son of the late R. Harry and Irene Daugherty (nee Eckstein) and also predeceased by his older sister, Mildred Goldsmith (Robert). He is survived by his sister, Thelma Daugherty of Collingswood, NJ; a nephew, Russell (Mary) Goldsmith; a niece, Nancy (Albert) Campana; great nieces, Jane (Leon) Rapuano, Julie Campana and Shelley Goldsmith; great nephews, Russell (Sharon) Goldsmith Jr. and Thomas (Shannon) Goldsmith; great-great nieces, Brenda and Carly Goldsmith and a great-great nephew, Colin Goldsmith.
Ralph was a 1939 graduate of Collingswood High School. After graduation, he was employed by RCA in Camden until October 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Ralph was a radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-24 liberator, serving in the Pacific with 40 bombing missions, mostly over Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the air medal with seven oak leaf clusters. He was recalled into the U.S. Air Force in June 1951, where he served in Japan and Korea as a Communications Center Supervisor. In 1962, he was again called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In February 1959 Ralph was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Captain at the Willow Grove Air Reserve Facility working as an Air Reserve Technician. He was Commander of the 913th Communications Flight until his retirement as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force Reserve in 1975.
Ralph joined the Tatem-Shields Post #17 American Legion, Collingswood in 1945. He had been Commander of the Post on 8 different occasions. As Commander in 1988-89, he spearheaded a drive to have a Korean/Vietnam memorial placed in Knight Park, which he saw to its completion on July 1, 1989. He was also President of the Collingswood Celebrations, Inc. for over 30 years, as well as General Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee in 1976.
Ralph was associated with Camden County Boy Scots of America since 1947 (now Southern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts). He was a member of the Order of the Arrow, Lekau Lodge, making several trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. In 1992, Lt. Colonel Daugherty received the Military Order of the World Wars Patrick Henry Silver Medallion for Patriotic Achievement. In May 1998, Ralph was honored by being awarded New Jersey's highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. He was a guest lecturer at Collingswood High School, recalling his experiences in World War II during American Wars Classes.
Ralph was a member of the following organizations: life member of Tatem-Shields Post #17 American Legion, life member of the Military Order of World Wars, life member of the Reserve Officers Assoc., member of the Air Force Assoc., member of the Retired Officers Assoc., Past President of Collingswood-Newton Colony Historical Society, member of Audubon-Parkside Lodge #218 F&AM, member of Scottish Rite Consistory of Collingswood and member of Crescent Temple Shrine.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday 9 to 11 AM at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 820 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. Funeral Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, NJ.
The family requests contributions be made in Ralph's memory to Tatem-Shields Post #17 American Legion, 622 Atlantic Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108.