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Oliver A. Rickert

Submitted by: Larry A. Rickert

 

Oliver was drafted into the Army Air Core on Oct 1, 1942 and then trained in radio operation/maintenance.  Upon completion he was assigned to the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron and sent to New Guinea.  While in New Guinea, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross three times and the Air Medal 4 times.  According to both his personnel records and the 66th's squadron records, he flew 345 combat missions.  After the WWII ended, he was sent to China and assigned to an Air Advisory Group (AIG) teaching the Nationalist Chinese "how to run an air force".  After the Communists overran Shang Hai, the AIG departed China.  Almost immediately, his squadron was sent to Germany to assist with the Berlin Air Lift.  When the Korean War broke out, his squadron was sent to Japan flying missions to supply our troops with supplies.  During his first six months in Korea he flew another 55 combat missions and received another Air Medal.  After returning from this last combat mission in Korea, he received a field commission and sent back to the U.S.  He retired from the USAF Security Service in San Antonio, Texas as a Major.

 
 
 

 

 

 
 

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