Milton Ernest Ricketts
|Milton Ernest Ricketts|
Lieutenant Milton E. Ricketts
August 5, 1913|
|Died||May 8, 1942
|Place of burial||buried at sea|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1935 - 1942|
|Unit||USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of the Coral Sea
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Milton Ernest Ricketts (August 5, 1913 – May 8, 1942) was a United States Navy officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
Ricketts graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and then from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 and subsequently served on the USS Ranger (CV-4) and USS Yorktown (CV-5). On May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lieutenant Ricketts was in charge of a damage control party on board the Yorktown. When a Japanese bomb exploded among his group, he successfully undertook fire-fighting measures despite having received mortal wounds. For this act, Ricketts was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor citation
Lieutenant Ricketts' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For extraordinary and distinguished gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of the U.S.S. Yorktown in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. During the severe bombarding of the Yorktown by enemy Japanese forces, an aerial bomb passed through and exploded directly beneath the compartment in which Lt. Ricketts' battle station was located, killing, wounding or stunning all of his men and mortally wounding him. Despite his ebbing strength, Lt. Ricketts promptly opened the valve of a near-by fireplug, partially led out the fire hose and directed a heavy stream of water into the fire before dropping dead beside the hose. His courageous action, which undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of fire to serious proportions, and his unflinching devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
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- "Milton E. Ricketts". World War II Honor Roll. American Battle Monuments Commission. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
- "US People - Ricketts, Milton E.". Online Library. Naval History & Heritage Command. 1999-05-04. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
- "World War II Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. May 10, 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-06.