USS Ricketts, a 1200-ton Edsall class escort ship, was built at Houston, Texas. Commissioned in October 1943, she served on convoy duties in the Atlantic throughout the remainder of the European part of World War II, protecting Allied shipping against German submarines. Ricketts tranferred to the Pacific in July 1945. Though the war ended before she reached the combat zone, she took part Central Pacific occupation activities during September and October 1945. Later in the year, she returned to the Atlantic and was decommissioned in April 1946. USS Ricketts was laid up in the reserve fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida, and later at Orange, Texas, until she was sold for scrapping in January 1974.
USS Ricketts was named in honor of Lieutenant Milton E. Ricketts, USN (1913-1942), who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Battle of Coral Sea.
The Naval Historical Center photographic collection contains no pictures of USS Ricketts (DE-254), but this page provides information on a view of her that may be available from the National Archives.
The image listed below is NOT in the
Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".
USS Ricketts (DE-254), off New York, NY, 3 February 1945.
Port bow aerial view, taken from a NAS New York aircraft flying at an altitude of 300 feet. Ricketts is painted in pattern camouflage.
Reproductions of this image should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.
The image listed above is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".
4 May 1999