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Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts Memorial

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2008
1. Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts Memorial Marker
Inscription. In Memory of Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts, United States Navy, August 7, 1913-May 8, 1942. Lieutenant Ricketts of Baltimore County was killed in action during World War II, aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown (CV 5), in the battle of the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for service above and beyond the call of duty. A destroyer-escort vessel, the USS Ricketts (DE 254), was commissioned in his honor on October 5, 1943.
 
Erected 1994 by The Destroyer-Escort Sailors Association of Maryland, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.412′ N, 76° 45.996′ W. Marker is in Owings Mills, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Garrison Forest Road. Touch for map. Lt. Milton E. Ricketts marker is in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery near the main entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Owings Mills MD 21117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maryland State Veterans Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Gwynnbrook State Farm No. 1 (approx. 0.8
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By Don Morfe, July 17, 2008
2. Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts Memorial Marker
miles away); In Memory of William Maxwell Wood, MD (approx. 1.3 miles away); Garrison Forest Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Original Cornerstone of the Franklin Senior High School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Original Bell of the Franklin Academy (approx. 2.8 miles away); Trentham (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hannah More Academy (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owings Mills.
 
Regarding Lieutenant Milton Ernest Ricketts Memorial. Lt. Milton E. Ricketts name is inscribed on the "Wall of the Missing", ABMC Manila Cemetery. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Born: 5 August 1913, Baltimore, Md. Appointed from: Maryland. Citation: For extraordinary and distinguished gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of the U.S.S. Yorktown in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. During the severe bombarding of the Yorktown by enemy Japanese forces, an aerial bomb passed through and exploded directly beneath the compartment
Lt. Milton Ernest Ricketts, U.S.Navy image. Click for full size.
1941
3. Lt. Milton Ernest Ricketts, U.S.Navy
- Medal of Honor recipient for heroism aboard USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the WW II Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7, 1942)
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in which Lt. Ricketts' battle station was located, killing, wounding or stunning all of his men and mortally wounding him. Despite his ebbing strength, 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 courageous action, which undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of fire to serious proportions, and his unflinching devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
 
Also see . . .  USS Ricketts (DE-254). (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on March 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on March 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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