A new documentary pays tribute to an Army World War II hero who led the last cavalry charge in American military history.
The name of the documentary is “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story”.
Before enlisting in the Army in 1941, Ramsey attended the Oklahoma Military Academy, where he had a heavy focus on riding horses. He even played for the school’s polo team. In February 1941, Second Lieutenant Ramsey was assigned to the 11th Cavalry Regiment.
Ramsey was later in command of the 26thCalvalry Regiment in the Philippines. On January 26, 1942, he encountered the enemy at Morong village on the Bataan Peninsula. Even though his troops were heavily outnumbered by infantry forces with supporting tanks he gave the command for the attack, which would become the last cavalry charge in American military history. The Japanese forces eventually broke and fled. Ramsey and his men had to hold their position for five hours under heavy fire from the enemy until reinforcements came. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for this.
After this incident, he led the famous offensive in the jungle of the Philippines. He later took command of the Filipino resistance after their commander was taken captive. The guerrilla force under Ramsey’s command grew to nearly 40,000.
The film is directed by Steven C. Barber and Matt Hausle, but it does have some narration from actor Josh Brolin.
The documentary even includes excerpts from Ramsey himself that were filmed between 2003 and 2012. Ramsey died in 2013 at the age of 95.