Ralph Deaton was born in May of 1936 in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland and spent much of his youth during the war living in Church Hill, Maryland. Clarence Deaton, Ralph’s father, owned a trucking business as well as a popular tavern called the “Country Boys Inn.”
Throughout the interview, Ralph shares his father’s businesses. He particularly details his father’s inn which was a substantial outlet for the community during the war. Ralph also speaks about his experiences with German POW’s and talks extensively about his experiences with race discrimination and segregation.