Rutledge, Howard Elmer, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1978-1980, 131X, NROTC (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1948 - 1980
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Tailhook
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Tulsa
Last Address
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Date of Passing
Jun 01, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

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

Efficiency Excellence Award


 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the Purple HeartBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
American Ex-POW AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1949, Tailhook Association
  1950, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1965, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1965, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



             POW of North Vietnam  November 28, 1965 to February 12, 1973

                                Held in captivity for 2,634 days


   
Other Comments:

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in Southeast Asia.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain


 

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in Southeast Asia.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain


 

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in Southeast Asia.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain


 

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


 

Legion of Merit

Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Captain Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Director of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from October 1976 to April 1978. Responsible for coordinating the administrative requirements and plans for all naval aircraft and air-launched weapons programs during a period of severe budgetary constraints, Captain Rutledge demonstrated perceptive judgment, superb managerial ability, and inspiring leadership in accurately assessing the relative costs and merits of each naval aviation project. His capacity to collate all available data, reduce it to a meaningful format, and utilize it as a basis for knowledgeable decision making enabled the Division to apply rational and realistic priorities to naval aviation programs. In addition, Captain Rutledge's decisiveness in deriving solutions to ad hoc problems requiring difficult trade offs to be made among naval aviation programs earned him the utmost respect of his superiors and peers. By his imaginative approach to problem solving, astute foresight, and selfless devotion to duty, Captain Rutledge contributed immeasurably to increased fleet combat readiness and to the definition of vital naval aviation requirements, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 1976 - April 1978

Service: Navy

Rank:  Captain



 

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain [then Commander] Howard Elmer Rutledge (NSN: 9932091/506435), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 28 November 1965, as a pilot of jet aircraft, serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE (VF-191), embarked in U.S.S. BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA-31), during aerial combat operations. Captain Rutledge led a flight of three aircraft which were participating in a two-carrier strike against the Ha Chanh Bridge in North Vietnam. Prior to reaching the target, his flight was diverted to the alternate target, a railroad and highway bridge near Thanh Hoa. Overcast conditions in the area forced Captain Rutledge to descend into an area of heavy ground fire before commencing his attack. Without regard for his personal safety, he led his group in a dive bombing attack in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, delivering his bombs squarely on the assigned target and inflicting severe damage. Captain Rutledge's courageous performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: November 28, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191)
Division: U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)

 
   
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  1965-1973, 131X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Defense POW/MIA Office

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Defense POW/MIA Office

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Pirie, James Glenn, CAPT, (1955-1984) OFF 131X Commander
Schweitzer, Robert James, CAPT, (1950-1974) OFF 131X Commander
Mayer, Roderick Lewis, LCDR, (1961-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
McMahan, Robert Charles, LCDR, (1965-1968) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Graf, John George, CDR, (1945-1974) OFF 645X Lieutenant Commander
Ratzlaff, Richard Raymond, CDR, (1964-1980) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Defense Logistics Analysis Office (DLAO)

Hannon, Jim (J.T.), LT, (1960-1970) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Carr, Kenneth, VADM, (1943-1985) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)

Earnest, Charles Milligan, CDR, (1956-1972) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
KEENE, T.J., CAPT, (1954-1984) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Mack, William Paden, VADM, (1937-1975) OFF 111X Vice Admiral
SHEPARD, Tazewell, RADM, (1941-1973) OFF 114X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Paine, Jr., Roger Warde, RADM, (1939-1972) OFF 112X Captain
Morris, Robert, RADM, (1952-1977) OFF 111X Commander
Sobel, Samuel, CAPT, (1945-1975) OFF 410X Captain
Sobel, Samuel, CAPT, (1945-1975) OFF 410X Captain
Bigger, John, PO1, (1969-1977) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kerr, Mike, LCDR, (1971-2010) JO JO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hill, Judy, SN, (1967-1969) PN PN-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Reich, Eli, VADM, (1935-1973) Vice Admiral
BONNER, Emmett, RADM, (1939-1972) Captain
Pollock, Thomas, CAPT, (1936-Present) Captain
Bonds, John B, CAPT, (1962-1988) Lieutenant

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