Ralph W. Floody served both active and inactive duty in the Navy
Reserves, training at Annapolis naval Academy. During World War
I, he served on the USS Brooks, USS Huron, USS Holland and USS Manchuria,
as well as on several submarines, including the S-22. In 1918, he
graduated from the New York State Teachers' College, and became
a math teacher before being appointed principal of the Smithtown
Branch High School.
During World War II, unable to participate in active naval duty,
he instead served as a civilian in several capacities, assisting
in the administration of the selective service system, as a member
of the Army Air Force Aircraft Warning Service Reserve, as a member
of the Salvation Army Board, and on the Suffolk County Rationing
Board. Later, he received a master's degree from Columbia University,
as well as a degree in the Administration of Junior and Senior High
Schools, and a degree in Business Management.