Virginia Legends Walk
CLAUDE V. RICKETTS
1906-1964
Norfolk

Adm. Claude V. Ricketts, the Navy's first seaman to rise to four-star admiral, was made an honorary citizen of Norfolk during his station tour in 1961. He enlisted in the Navy and then graduated as an officer from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929. Ricketts rose to Commander, Second Fleet, and then assumed duties as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the second highest-ranking officer in the Department of the Navy. Admiral Ricketts posthumously was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Ricketts Hall at the Naval Academy is named in his honor, as was the USS Claude V. Ricketts, DDG-5, which was home-ported in Norfolk, VA.

To honor the U.S. Navy in Virginia, selected by Admirals of Hampton Roads.


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