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Claude Vernon Ricketts
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Born (1906-02-23)February 23, 1906
Died July 6, 1964(1964-07-06) (aged 58)
Place of birth Missouri
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1929-1964
Rank US-O10 insignia Admiral
Commands held Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Battles/wars World War II
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Navy Commendation Medal
Relations RAdm Myron Ricketts (son)

Claude Vernon Ricketts (February 23, 1906 - July 6, 1964) was a four star Admiral in the United States Navy, who served as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1961 to 1964.


Originally enlisted in the Navy, Ricketts attended the United States Naval Academy and became an officer upon his graduation in 1929. 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 the dying captain, assisted in counter-flooding the ship after it heeled over from six torpedoes and assisted in fire fighting.[1][2] He was awarded with Legion of Merit and 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, 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 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. The USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) was named for him, as is Ricketts Hall[3] at the Naval Academy.

Claude's son Rear Admiral Myron Ricketts, USN Ret. designed and engineered many ships.[citation needed]


Here is the ribbon bar of Admiral Claude V. Ricketts:

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Bronze star
American Defense Service ribbon.svg
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Army of Occupation ribbon.svg
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
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 Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Service stars American Campaign Medal
3rd Row World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal with one service star

See alsoEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
James S. Russell
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Horacio Rivero, Jr.


  1. Pearl Harbor Battle Report
  2. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships history quoted at
  3. 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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