Ricketts, Milton Ernest, LT

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Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1939-1942, 111X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Service Years
1935 - 1942

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U.S.S. Yorktown-
Ricketts was buried at sea; his name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.

Casualty Date
May 08, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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Not Specified

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USS Ranger (CV-4)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1936-1939, 111X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1939-1942, 111X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor


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"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.":  Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Born: 5 August 1913, Baltimore, Md. Appointed From: Maryland.


Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts, USN, (1913-1942)
Milton E. Ricketts was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 5 August 1913. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, he subsequently served in USS Ranger (CV-4) and USS Yorktown (CV-5). On 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lieutenant Ricketts was in charge of a damage control party on board Yorktown. When a Japanese bomb exploded among his group, he successfully undertook fire-fighting measures despite having received mortal wounds. For this act of heroism, Lieutenant Milton E. Ricketts was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

USS Ricketts (DE-254) was named in his honor.

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