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Name (Last, First Middle)Ritchie, Richard S.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
SquadronCS 09
Home TownReidsville
Home StateNC
High SchoolReidsville High School, Reidsville, NC.
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball, Track, Golf,Natl Honor Soc
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesFootball, Ski Club, Prof Studies, Frgn Lang Club
Academic Degree MajorBS-Sci USAF Academy, 1964
Active Duty AssignmentsPltTng LaredoAFB; V Plt FltTestOpn EglinAFB; Plt 430TFSq HomesteadAFB; Plt 480TFSq DaNangAOSVN InstrPlt 414FTtrWpnsSq NellisAFB; WpnsO 437TRWg/555TFSq UdornABTH: IP 414FTRWpnsSq/Plt 64FtrWpnsSq/SpecAsstToCmdr USAFTFWC NellisAFB
Civilian PositionsCand USCongressNC; CoordinatorGovAffairs BlueBell GreensboroNC; SpecAsstToJosephCoors AdolphCoorsCo GoldenCO; Pres SteveRitchieAssocInc LasVegas/DallasTX; Dir OChildSptEnforcement Dept Health&HumanSer RockvilleMD; V-PresBusDev BarlowsInc FallsChurchVA; Pres SRAInc PotomacMD/USAFR WADC; Owner&CEO SRAInc Golden CO
Award Year1972
Award Summary InformationCaptain Steve Ritchie significantly contributed to the success of the Linebacker Air Offensive over North Viet¨nam in 1972. While serving as the Weapons Officer for the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing he was responsible for developing and refining counter-air tactics and led numerous counter-air missions over North Vietnam. He shot down one MIG-21 aircraft on 10 May 1972, a second on 31 May, and two MIG-21 aircraft on 8 July. On 28 August 1972, while flying his 339th combat mission, Captain Ritchie shot down his fifth MIG-21, becoming the first Air Force Ace of the Vietnam War.
Involved Crew MembersCaptain Charles D. DeBellevue - WSO oon 5th Kill
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsAFC,SS(4),DFC(10),AM(25),AFCM, Jabara Award 1972, McKay Trophy 1972, VFW Armed Forces Award 1973, Eugene M. Zuckert Award 1973, Outsatnding Young Men of America Award 1973
CommentsResigned from Active Duty as Major in 1974, Retired as BrigGen from USAF Reserve 1998.
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