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|81k||Milton E. Ricketts was born in Baltimore, Md. on 5 August 1913 and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931. He graduated and was commissioned ensign 06 June 1935, and
for the next 2 years, served in USS Ranger (CV 4). Ricketts next assisted in the fitting out of USS Yorktown (CV 5) and he thus became a plank owner of the carrier
when she commissioned 30 September 1937. He served in her through the anxious prewar years, and when America entered the war, he took part in her raids in the Pacific in February and March 1942.
During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Yorktown came under severe Japanese bombing on 8 May 1942. Ricketts was directing the engineering repair party when a bomb passed through and exploded directly beneath the compartment in which he and his crew were working. All of the men were either killed, wounded, or stunned. Ricketts, mortally wounded, worked alone to open the valve to a nearby fire plug. He succeeded in leading out part of the hose and directing a stream of water into the fire before he fell dead beside it. His courageous action undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of the fire to serious proportions, and was recognized by the posthumous award of the Medal of Honor.
USS Ricketts (DE 254) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 95297 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|38k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|110k||03 February 1945: Lower New York Harbor - Ricketts (DE 254) as she proceeds to the Weapons Station at Earle, N.J. from Brooklyn Navy Yard. She then joined the other vessels of Escort Division 20 for passage to Casco Bay, Maine.||David Wright|
|90k||20 March 1945: Lower New York Harbor - The starboard bow of view of USS Ricketts (DE 254) off New York wearing modified 32/3D camouflage scheme.
The ship is preparing to provide convoy escort from New York to Le Havre, France, and Southampton, England, leaving New York on 31 March. Note that as refit, Ricketts has four single 40mm
guns in tubs replacing the torpedo tubes.
(U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships, Catalog No. BS 82741 and BS 82743 from the United States National Archives)
Both photos courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, USN Dazzle
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Ricketts (DE 254) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Ricketts as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Ricketts' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 05 Oct. 1943 - 27 Jun. 1944||Lcdr. Glenn L. Rollins, USCG (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|2.) 27 Jun. 1944 - 05 Sep. 1945||Lt. Louis F. Sudnik, USCG (Easthampton, Mass.)|
|3.) 05 Sep. 1945 -||Lt. Urial H. Leach Jr., USCG (New London, Conn.)|
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