Ralph Richard Blaine, Cdr., USN (Ret.) passed away November 6, 2016 in Dover, NH days from his 96 birthday. Ralph was born the second son (brother Kenneth) of Lillian E. (Grossman) and Arthur B. Blaine of Manchester, NH. He was the husband for 63 years of Betty (Donahue) and together they enjoyed a fulfilling life.
Ralph graduated from Manchester High School (West) in 1938, studied mechanical engineering for two years at the University of New Hampshire then entered the Naval Academy with the class of 1944. Upon graduation he reported to the Raleigh (CL 7) in February1944 with Task Force 94 in preparation for action in the South Pacific, followed by duty along the west coast of South America.