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Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1919
Winneshiek County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1977
Palm Desert
Riverside County
California, USA

Born in Iowa the son of Clarence Ramlo 1890-1940 and Olena Bakken 1889-1958. Orvin married Setma Ida Kuhnert 1915-2000 and they had five children.

A WWII Ace credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft. Two "Betty" bombers and three "Zero" fighters.

Flying a Grumman F4F Wildcat he was wounded in the battle of Guadalcanal in September of 1942.

Second Lieutenant Orvin Herbert Ramlo (MCSN: 0-9383), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-223), in action against enemy Japanese forces.

He further distinguished himself in the battle of Midway in June of 1942 flying a Chance-Vought SB2U Vindicator. He was flying one of eleven aircraft under the command of Major Benjamin W Norris, Major Norris did not survive. Orvin's rear cockpit gunner was Pvt Teman Wilhite who was wounded. His aircraft suffered extensive damage and was beyond repair. His was the only U.S. squadron to see combat with the SB2U.

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Orvin Herbert Ramlo (0-9383), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group TWENTY-TWO (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway, during operations of the U.S. Naval and Marine Forces against the invading Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Midway on 4 and 5 June 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Second Lieutenant Ramlo, in a hail of blasting fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to the perilously low altitude of four hundred feet before releasing his bomb. His courageous determination and extreme disregard of personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 10, 1942

In civilian life he was a supervisor with North American Aviation and was also a very successful real-estate investor. 
Family links: 
  Clarence Ramlo (1890 - 1940)
  Betsey Olena Bakken Ramlo (1889 - 1958)
  Setma Ida Kuhnert Ramlo (1915 - 2000)
Coachella Valley Public Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Created by: Herbert Rideout and Rosl...
Record added: May 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37144122
Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr
Added by: Herbert Rideout and Roslyn Schaefer
Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr
Added by: Herbert Rideout and Roslyn Schaefer
Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr
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Thank you for your service in VMF-223 as part of the "Cactus Air Force" at Guadalcanal.
- Richard Blunk
 Added: Jul. 5, 2014
Remembering my good friend, Orv
- Herbert Rideout and Roslyn Schaefer
 Added: May. 16, 2009

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