Ratzlaff, Richard Raymond, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1977-1980, 195X, RLSO Southwest, Region Legal Services Office
Service Years
1964 - 1980
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Tailhook
Commander
Commander

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Aerdeen
Last Address
Lincoln, Nebraska

Date of Passing
Feb 28, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon




 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesTailhook AssociationF-4 Phantom II SocietyAmerican Ex-POW Association
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1965, Tailhook Association
  1965, F-4 Phantom II Society
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



         POW in North Vietnam  March 20, 1966 to February 12, 1973


   
Other Comments:


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Richard Raymond Ratzlaff (NSN: 0-681476), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 20 June 1968. Lieutenant Commander Ratzlaff's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Lieutenant Commander Ratzlaff reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: 20-Jun-68

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)



 

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Commander Richard Raymond Ratzlaff (NSN: 0-681476), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from March 1966 to February 1973. Under the most adverse of conditions, he resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in causes detrimental to the United States, never wavering in his devotion and loyalty to the United States. In an outstanding and tireless fashion he served as an educator to provide diversion and constructive rehabilitative thinking to his fellow prisoners during their long internment. Despite harsh treatment and a lack of material aids, he devoted long hours toward improving their morale and well-being. His extraordinary skill, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty throughout his lengthy confinement reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (Lieutenant Commander Ratzlaff is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: March 1966 - February 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


 

   
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 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - StaffAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VF-121 Pacemakers
NAS MiramarVF-82 IronmenUSS Enterprise (CVAN-65)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)Commander Fighter/Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific (COMFITAEWWINGPAC)
RLSO Southwest, Region Legal Services Office
  1964-1964, 137X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1964-1965, 132X, Naval Aviation Schools
  1964-1965, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1965-1965, 137X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1965-1965, 132X, VF-121 Pacemakers
  1965-1965, 132X, NAS Miramar
  1965-1966, 132X, VF-82 Ironmen
  1965-1966, 132X, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65)
  1965-1966, 132X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1965-1966, 132X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1965-1966, 132X, Commander Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16)
  1966-1973, 132X, Defense POW/MIA Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1974-1977, 131X, Commander Fighter/Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific (COMFITAEWWINGPAC)
  1977-1977, 132X, Military Justice Course
  1977-1980, 195X, RLSO Southwest, Region Legal Services Office
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1966-1966 Operation Rolling Thunder/Operation Rolling Thunder III
 Colleges Attended 
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1973-1974, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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