Claude V. Ricketts
Claude Vernon Ricketts
|Born||February 23, 1906|
|Died||July 6, 1964(aged 58)|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1929–1964|
|Commands held||Vice Chief of Naval Operations|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Navy Commendation Medal
|Relations||RAdm Myron Ricketts (son)|
Graduated from high school in Kansas in 1922. Originally enlisted in the Navy, Ricketts attended the United States Naval Academy and became an officer upon his graduation in 1929. He was captain of the boxing team for two years at Annapolis. As a lieutenant, he was the gunnery officer on board the USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In addition to his duties with the anti-aircraft battery, he helped attend dying captain Mervyn Bennion, with the aid of Doris Miller; assisted in counter-flooding the ship after it heeled over from six torpedoes and two bombs; and assisted in fire fighting. He was awarded with the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal for his service in World War II.
Ricketts commanded USS Saint Paul (CA-73) during 1955. In July 1952 he became head of the Amphibious Warfare Branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations under command of Admiral William Fechteler. He later became commander of the Second Fleet and then assumed duties as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations in September 1961. He succeeded admiral James Sargent Russell in this capacity.
Admiral Claude Vernon Ricketts died of a massive heart attack on July 6, 1964, while still in office. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his service as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. After his death, the destroyer USS Biddle was renamed USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) in his honor, as was Ricketts Hall at the Naval Academy.
Here is the ribbon bar of Admiral Claude V. Ricketts:
|Naval Aviator Badge|
|1st Row||Navy Distinguished Service Medal||Legion of Merit with "V" Device||Navy Commendation Medal with "V" Device|
|2nd Row||American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven Service stars|
|3rd Row||World War II Victory Medal||Navy Occupation Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal with one service star|
James S. Russell
| Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Horacio Rivero, Jr.
- Pearl Harbor Battle Report http://www.usswestvirginia.org/ricketts_statement.htm
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships history quoted at http://www.usswestvirginia.org/uss_west_virginia_history.htm
- Kiland, Taylor Baldwin; Howren, Jamie (2007). A Walk in the Yard: A Self-guided Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy. Naval Institute Press. Retrieved 2011-06-15. See also: United States Naval Academy#Halls and principal buildings.
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