Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts, USN, (1913-1942)
Milton E. Ricketts was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 5 August
1913. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, he subsequently
served in USS Ranger (CV-4) and USS Yorktown
(CV-5). On 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea,
Lieutenant Ricketts was in charge of a damage control party on
board Yorktown. When a Japanese bomb exploded among his
group, he successfully undertook fire-fighting measures despite
having received mortal wounds. For this act of heroism, Lieutenant
Milton E. Ricketts was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
USS Ricketts (DE-254) was named in his honor.
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