Norman Franklin RidleyAirman Apprentice
USS CORAL SEA, TF 77, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
03 February 1950 - 08 January 1969
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REMEMBERED ACROSS THE YEARS
A Note from The Virtual WallAirman Apprentice Norman Ridley was a member of the aviation fuels division aboard USS CORAL SEA. Aboard carriers, each group of flight deck personnel wear distinctively colored jerseys so that their function can be instantly identified. Ridley was a "grape", called that because of the purple shirts worn by the fuels personnel.
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier conducting flight operations is a notoriously hazardous place to be ... rarely is a cruise completed without casualties among the flight deck personnel. Norman Ridley was one such casualty - struck by an aircraft during launch while carrying out his duties.
Airman Ridley is remembered by another CORAL SEA sailor - Aviation Ordnanceman Michael L. Murphy of Attack Squadron 153. Murphy was within feet of Airman Ridley when Ridley was struck. His recollections and remembrance follow:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Jul 2001
Last updated 10/09/2009