Ramey, Howard Knox

Date of birth:
October 14th, 1896 (Waynesboro/Mississippi, United States)
Date of death:
March 26th, 1943 (Torres Strait Islands)
Mentioned on:
American Cemetery and Memorial Manila
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
5th Bomber Command, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1943
Action:
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States. As Commanding General of the **** Bomber Command, General Ramey displayed outstanding ability organizing and directing operations against the enemy. His personal example and initiative contributed greatly toward maintaining excellent morale and effective fighting spirit among the officers and men of his command and enabled them to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in carrying out their combat assignments. The results achieved by his forces during the period between January and March 1943 are evidence of the outstanding leadership demonstrated by General Ramey at all times. The culmination of his efforts was the part he played in the annihilation of a 22-ship enemy convoy in the Bismarck Sea. General Raney frequently accompanied his crews on combat and reconnaissance operations and he is missing in action as a result of one of these aerial operations, By his outstanding courage and unflagging devotion to duty General Ramey exemplified the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces and provided a source of inspiration to all who served with him. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Ramey and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces."
Details:
Posthumously awarded. War Department, General Orders No. 21
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
5th Bomber Command, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
1943
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Action:
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding, V Bomber Command, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. Brigadier General Ramey's gallant leadership and unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."
Details:
Posthumously awarded. Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 16
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
5th Bomber Command, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
1943
Purple Heart

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