Letter from Bennetta (Heath) Alexander to Mary G. Derrickson, 22 November 1922
Mary George Derrickson was born on 30 December 1868 in Frankford, Delaware, to Peter C. and Mary Steele Waples. She married James Isaiah Derrickson (1864-1913) and had several children, including two sons: Paul Waples Derrickson (d. 1918) and Ralph North Derrickson (1895-1945). She had lived in Norfolk, Virginia since 1898. On 28 November 1957, she died and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Paul Waples Derrickson worked as an agent for the Saturday Evening Post and in the advertising department of the New York Times before the war. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant with Company B, 28th Infantry regiment, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Force. While attached to Company K, he was killed in action on 28 May 1918. He is buried at the Somme American Cemetery in Bony (Aisne), France. Ralph North Derrickson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 15 February 1895. Before the war, he worked as a railroad forwarding clerk for the Norfolk and Western Railroad and served with the 4th Virginia Infantry, Virginia Militia. During World War I, he rose from the rank of private to 1st lieutenant and served with various companies and regiments of the 29th Infantry Division: Co. E, 116th Infantry; Co. C, 114th Infantry; and Co. L, 113th Infantry. After the war, Ralph worked as a traveling salesman.
Letter from Bennetta (Heath) Alexander to Mary G. Derrickson, 22 November 1922, Mary G. Derrickson Papers, 1909-1943, Profiles of Honor, Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission digital collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Mary G. Derrickson Papers, 1909-1943. Accession 38655. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.