Ralph E. Faust was born December 5, 1894 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of Israel and Mattie Faust. The 1930 census shows that he was married to his wife Mary, and they had no children at that time.
Faust joined the Ohio National Guard June 8, 1915. He was part of Company A, 10th Infantry that became Company A of the 135th Machine Gun Battalion when they were Federalized. He advanced in rank, being discharged April 12, 1919 as a Sergeant. He had Mexican Border service and was overseas with the AEF from June 15, 1918 until March 25, 1019.
This medal group to Sgt Ralph E. Faust includes his officially engraved Silver Star marked BBB&Co, Phila, and edge numbered 5554. Also in the group is a 3 bar WW1 Victory Medal with Ypres-Lys, Meuse Argonne and Defensive Sector bars. The Silver Star includes the box and shipping label to Faust's home in Ohio. The box is marked Bailey Banks & Biddle Co. 8-29-32 and has the correct number written on it. Also included is a Mexican Border medal # 35508 with its box marked "The Joseph Meyer Company 8-29-28." Also included is a WW1 Mahoning County (Ohio) medal, a Verdun medal, and a small pen knife made in Ohio. The ribbon bars for the Silver Star, Victory medal and Mexican Border medal are included. Some internet research including a copy of Faust's service record from Ohio is part of the group. As of March, 2014 this group has moved on to another collector.