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
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Rutledge, Howard Elmer (Howie)(POW), CAPT.

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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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Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Raids on the Sui-ho Dam
Start Year
1952
End Year
1952

Description
The attack on the Sui-ho Dam was the collective name for a series of mass air attacks during the Korean War on thirteen hydroelectric generating facilities by United Nations Command air forces on June 23–24 and June 26–27, 1952. Primarily targeting the hydroelectric complex associated with the Sui-ho Dam in North Korea, the attacks were intended to apply political pressure at the stalled truce negotiations at Panmunjeom.

Heavily defended by Soviet Air Forces and major anti-aircraft guns, the hydroelectric targets were subjected to attacks totaling 1,514 sorties. These were conducted jointly by fighters and fighter-bombers of the United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and South African Air Force, the first time in 21 months that the separate air arms had worked together on a massive scale. The attack on the facilities was followed seventeen days later by another series of large-scale joint attacks on the capital city of Pyongyang.

The attacks succeeded in permanently destroying 90% of the facilities struck and completely knocked out power in North Korea for two weeks, as well as reducing available power to northeast China by 23%. North Korea, however, built new facilities but did not restore its previous capacity until after the armistice in 1953. Their effect on the truce talks was also nil, as highly publicized repercussions in both the UK and the United States Congress undermined their impact.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1952
To Year
1952
 
Last Updated:
Jan 29, 2011
   
Personal Memories

Memories
On 11 December 1951, Valley Forge launched her first air strikes in railway interdiction. Rockets, cannon fire, and bombs from the ship's embarked air group, and those of her sister ships also on station, hammered at North Korean railway targetsā??lines, junctions, marshaling yards, and rolling stock. Anything that could possibly permit the enemy to move his forces rapidly by rail came under attack. By June, Valley Forge's train-busting Skyraiders, Corsairs, and Panthers had severed communist rail lines in at least 5,346 places.

   
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