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Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr

  • Birth 13 Apr 1919 Canoe, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 8 Dec 1977 Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Burial Coachella, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 37144122

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 Two "Betty" bombers, three "Zero" fighters, plus two other aircraft.

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.

Flying a Chance-Vought SB2U Vindicator he further distinguished himself in the battle of Midway in June of 1942. He was flying one of eleven aircraft under the command of Major Benjamin W Norris, Major Norris did not survive. In a bomb run on the Battleship Haruna Orvin made a direct hit causing extensive damage. In return he had a disturbing number of holes punched in his aircraft; his gunner, Private Teman Wilhite, was wounded in four places and struggled to stay conscious. On his return to Midway his aircraft was deemed unflyable. His was the only U.S. squadron to see combat with the SB2U.

RAMLO, ORVIN HERBERT
Citation:
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.



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  • Created by: Herbert Rideout and Roslyn Schaefer
  • Added: 16 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37144122
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orvin Herbert Ramlo, Sr (13 Apr 1919–8 Dec 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37144122, citing Coachella Valley Public Cemetery, Coachella, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rideout and Roslyn Schaefer (contributor 46622578) .