Ackerman, Ralph Paul, TSgt

MIA/POW
 
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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1939 - 1943
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

Technical Sergeant

 
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State of Birth
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl Roger Rape (Mouse)-Deceased to remember Marine TSgt Ralph Paul Ackerman.

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 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Pilot Wings
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CANaval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FLVMSB-233Missing In Action
  1939-1940, 521, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA
  1941-1942, 7599, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1942-1943, 7598, VMSB-233
  1943-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle for Henderson Field
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 15, 2014, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
TSGT ACKERMAN WAS AN ENLISTED PILOT FLYING A SBD-3 BOMBER WHEN HE WAS SHOT DOWN ON 23 JAN 43. HE IS LISTED AS MIA.

   
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Distinguished Flying Cross

 

 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Technical Sergeant Ralph Paul Ackerman (MCSN: 294851), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. On 23 January 1943, an enemy task force consisting of one destroyer and one cargo ship was discovered about fifteen miles northeast of Vella Lavella Island on a course of one hundred and twenty degrees. A striking force of twelve dive bombers, four torpedo planes, and sixteen fighter planes was ordered out to intercept and destroy the enemy. In the ensuing engagement Technical Sergeant Ackerman, as pilot of a dive bomber, was hit by anti-aircraft fire in making his approach but continuing with the attack dove in the face of accurate twenty millimeter fire making a successful release of his bomb which struck the cargo vessel. He was hit again immediately following his bomb release and apparently was killed at that time since he did not pull out of his dive. He is currently listed as Missing in Action.
Action Date: January 23, 1944

 
   
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