Foltz, Ralph, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1964, 131X, Flight Instructors School
Service Years
1941 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
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Commander
Commander

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Born San Francisco, records Azusa, Calif.
Last Address
Pleasant Valley, Calif.

Date of Passing
May 26, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS)
  1950, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Commander Ralph Emmet Foltz, USN (Ret.)
Naval Aviator and WWII F6F ACE, F4U Korea 

 

Navy Cmdr. Ralph E. Foltz was credited with five aerial victories, including two Japanese dive bombers in the famous "Marianas Turkey Shoot." As a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Foltz was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as a Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron Fifteen, attached to the U.S.S. Essex, in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19, 1944. Executing vigorous counterattacks when our Fleet was subjected to numerous heavy enemy air raids, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, (then Ensign) Foltz destroyed two of the enemy dive bombers and assisted materially in the total destruction by his squadron of sixty-seven enemy aircraft."

   
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Ralph Foltz flew 49 combat missions from the USS Essex and shot down 2 Judys, 1 Zeke, 1 Oscar and a Tony. He also served with VF-64 in Korea. Awards include 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 2 Air Medals.

   
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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAS KodiakNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - Staff
NAS Atlantic CityVF-15 Satans PlaymatesUSS Essex (CV-9)VF-64 Free Lancers
USS Boxer (CVA-21)VF-141 Iron AngelsUSS Lexington (CVA-16)
  1941-1941, Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)
  1941-1941, SA-0000, NAS Kodiak
  1941-1942, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1942-1942, Flight Navigation School
  1943-1943, 139X, USS Wolverine (IX-64)
  1943-1943, 139X, NAS Atlantic City
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1950-1952, 131X, VF-64 Free Lancers
  1950-1952, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1953-1955, 131X, VF-141 Iron Angels
  1953-1955, 131X, USS Lexington (CVA-16)
  1960-1964, 131X, Flight Instructors School
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Colleges Attended 
City College San Francisco
  1939-1941, City College San Francisco
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  A WWII LEGACY: THE FABLED FIFTEEN3
  The Distinguished Flying Cross Society
  Jul 17, 2016, General Photos4
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