LT Milton Ernest Ricketts

LT Milton Ernest Ricketts

Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Death 8 May 1942 (aged 28)
At Sea
Cenotaph Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. On May 8, 1942 he was Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of the "USS Yorktown" in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. During the severe bombarding of the Yorktown by enemy forces, an aerial bomb passed through and exploded directly beneath the compartment in which Lt. Ricketts' battle station was located, killing, wounding or stunning all of his men and mortally wounding him. Lt. Ricketts promptly opened the valve of a near-by fireplug, partially led out the fire hose and directed a heavy stream of water into the fire before dropping dead beside the hose. His actions undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of fire to serious proportions and saved his ship's station. Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously and his medal accredited to the state of Maryland. His other Navy awards included the Purple Heart.

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