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Ralph Liberato - early 1940's
Ralph Liberato - early 1940's

Joined the USMC August 13, 1940.

Served with the 1st Division, 5th Marines, 4th Raider Battalion, 4th Regiment, 6th Marines.

Stationed at Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Quantico, VA and Nerv River, Cuba.

Participated in the battles at New Georgia, Emirau and Okinawa.

Received three battle stars:

  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Naval Unit Citation
  • Army Unit Citation

Discharged August 14, 1946, with the rank of corporal.

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Con-Con

In the Constitutional Convention partisan primary of July 25, 1961, 1128 citizens volunteered as candidates, of which 288 were elected to compete in the September 12 special election. 144 Delegates were elected, 99 Republicans and 45 Democrats.
Michigan has 34 State Senators and 110 Members of the House of Representatives. Each Michigan Senatorial and House District is represented by a Constitutional Convention Delegate.

Michigan Tradesman, December 1961

RALPH LIBERATO SERVED AS A CON-CON DELEGATE FOR THE 11TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.

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“There is no one who represents Macomb County politics better than Ralph.”

- Jim Fouts*, The Macomb Daily, March 25, 2004,
(*Elected Warren Mayor, November 2007.)

The Detroit News, December 1972

The Detroit News, December 1972

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Unions

“… I asked Liberato, if given a second chance at life if he would again devote his life to serving the labor ranks. I should have known the answer. ‘This has been my life. I think I’ve helped make this a better place to live. You bet I would.’ ”

Mitch Kehetian, The Macomb Daily,

Ralph Liberato: County salutes long-time labor leader, February 23, 1989.

Unions
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Spaghetti King

Ralph Liberato cooking spaghetti - early 1960’s

“There are few labor causes, political candidates or charitable and veterans organizations that haven’t benefited from the famous Ralph Liberato spaghetti dinners. The tradition began in the early 1960’s when Ralph was a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention and was living in a Lansing apartment. The other Con Con delegates picked him as the cook. Soon the word spread through the State Capital and Ralph began cooking for legislators and staff.

‘It just kept snowballing,’ Ralph recalls. ‘Feeding 1,000 to 2,000 people just became routine,’ Ralph adds. ‘I was now using pasta by the ton. The smallest dinners were for 200 to 300 people. The largest dinner for a Grand Rapids legislator was attended by 2,800 people. They were lined up around the block.’ ”

Detroit Labor News, March 24, 1994

Spaghetti King

Ralph Liberato and the spaghetti fundraiser mobile - home to pots, pans, utensils and supplies.

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Metro Dance Club

Ralph Liberato hosting a Metro Beach dance, as the Tommy James Orchestra looks on.

This is the only place in town with this type of music and this vocalist (Mike Carluccio) – just reminds you of the days back in the 40’s and 30’s - beautiful music. And if you look at everyone participating here, they’re not sitting around. They have healthy bodies and active minds.
Well, I’ve been doing it quite awhile, but along the way I’ve picked up some very good volunteers who’ve been with me many years. Without them I wouldn’t be able to operate.

- Ralph Liberato

RALPH LIBERATO STARTED AND HOSTED THE SENIOR DANCES AT METRO BEACH FROM 1994 UNTIL MARCH 2004

THE DANCES STILL RUN MOST SUNDAYS (SEPTEMBER THROUGH MAY) AT METRO BEACH METROPARK IN MT. CLEMENS, MICHIGAN

Metro Dance Club

L to R: Pete Mannino, John Ponican and Ralph Liberato collecting admission fees at Metro Beach.

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Senior Swing Society

RALPH LIBERATO STARTED AND HOSTED THE SENIOR SWING SOCIETY OF MACOMB DANCES AT FREEDOM HILL FROM THE EARLY/MID 1980’S UNTIL MARCH 2004

In July 2008, the dances changed venue to the Italian American Cultural Center in Clinton Township, Michigan (www.iacsonline.net), on the third and last Wednesday of the month.

Senior Swing Society
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Appointed May 1990 to represent southwest Warren’s District 1.

Elected 7 times.

Served 14 years.

Vision: to create a new County Charter that would change the structure of Macomb County government

Macomb County Commissioner
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Ralph Liberato touched many lives in his years of selfess service

Pete Waldmeir, The Detroit News, March 17, 2004

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