Everette Edward Ricketts was the son of Edward and Carrie Ricketts. He attended Chattanooga High School. He entered service 22 May 1942 at Bolling Field, Anacostia, District Of Columbia. Died non Battle in 1944.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 19 June 1944
Lt. Everette E. Ricketts, 22, son of Police Capt. And Mrs. Ed Ricketts, died at 1 a.m. Sunday morning at an army hospital at Baer Field, near Fort Wayne, Ind., following an illness of two months. The army officer was stricken shortly after returning from a flight form overseas. Army medical authoroties summoned Capt. Ricketts to Fort Wayne, explaining that his condition was serious. Apparently, Lt. Ricketts had contracted a jungle fever of some kind while on an overseas mission. It was not learned here whether the army physicians were ever able to make a satisfactory diagnosis of Lt. Ricketts’ malady. A native of Hamilton County, Lt. Ricketts was born at Soddy. He moved to Chattanooga with his familly as a youth and received his high school education at the Chattanooga High School. He attended the University of Chattanooga and Georgetown University. Lt. Ricketts entered the army oct. 28, 1942. He was graduated from the Officers Training School Aug. 7, 1943 and commissioned as a second lieutenant int he army air forces. He was qualified as a navigator and bombardier. He was assigned to the army’s ferry command and had seen considerable service on foreign missions, both in the Pacific and European theaters. At the time of his death Lt. Ricketts home base was at Dallas, Texas. He was en route on a foreign mission when he became ill and was placed in the station hospital at Baer Field. The army officer was a member of the Soddy Methodist church.
Surviving Lt. Ricketts are his parents; a brothers, Coyle V. Ricketts of the United States Army; three sisters, Miss Willie Irene Ricketts, deputy circuit court clerk of Hamilton County; Miss Lillian Ricketts and Mrs. Mildred Jeffreys, all of Chattanooga.
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Date of birth: 27 October 1921
- Date of death: 18 June 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Bottom Panel
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