Rittichier, Jack Columbus, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Service Years
1957 - 1968
Captain

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Akron, Ohio
Last Address
Da Nang, VietNam

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
58W 014

 Official Badges 

Combat Rescue Officer


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar


Aviator (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (OCS)School Assignments340th Bombardment Wing, MediumUS Coast Guard (USCG)
37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1957-1957, Officer Candidate School (OCS)
  1957-1958, 1021A, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1959-1962, 1021A, 340th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1963-1968, US Coast Guard (USCG)
  1968-1968, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Kent State University
  1953-1957, Kent State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-28 Trojan  T-34 Mentor  B-47 Stratojet  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  
  1957-1958, T-28 Trojan
  1957-1958, T-34 Mentor
  1959-1962, B-47 Stratojet
  1968-1968, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served in the USAF 1957-62.
When he was killed he was an exchange pilot attached to the USAF's 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Da Nang AB, RVN.
He was the only Coast Guard MIA from the VietNam War until his remains were found in 2002.
He was buried in Arlington in 2003 in Section 4, Grave 3214-A.  He is also memorialized at the US Coast Guard Aviation Memorial, Elizabeth City, NC.

His Silver Star citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Air Force Award) (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Jack Columbus Rittichier (CGSN: 0-68068148), United States Coast Guard, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while attached to the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, United States Air Force, as rescue crew commander of an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 9 June 1968. On that date, Lieutenant Rittichier attempted the rescue of a downed pilot from one of the most heavily defended areas in Southeast Asia. Despite intense accurate hostile fire, which had severely damaged another helicopter, Lieutenant Rittichier, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage and professional skill, established a hover and persisted in the rescue attempt until his aircraft was downed by hostile fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Rittichier reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

General Orders: Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Special Order G-299 (December 17, 1968)

Action Date: 9-Jun-68

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (Attached)

Division: 7th Air Force (Attached)


 
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=253
http://www.uscg.mil/history/people/RittichierJack.asp
http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/r/r112.htm
http://www.oreilly-fire.com/links_jack.htm
http://www.pbase.com/image/59585404
http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2010/06/fallen-coast-guard-hero-remembered/
http://www.faraway-soclose.org/jcr/
http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.rittichier/1/mb.ashx
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7958240
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22291710
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=24889

 
   
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