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James Ellsworth Ricketts

Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Born: August 3, 1925
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: April 8, 1969
Died In: Thailand
Awards: Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

Lt Col Ricketts began his military career in July 1943, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He later served in the Strategic Air Command and in the Office of the Directorate of Operations at the Pentagon. He served as a pilot in the 42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. During his career, he earned the Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign medals.

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