Richard Marshall Ruppenthal

Korean War
Service #505805
Unit192 FITRON
RankEnsign U.S. Navy
Date of DeathApril 21 1951
StatusMissing In Action
Courts of the Missing
Air Medal
Combat Action Ribbon (Navy)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Korean Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
For his leadership and valor, Ensign Ruppenthal was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Gold Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Ensign Ruppenthal served as the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 192 aboard the carrier USS PRINCETON (CV-37). On April 21, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire and its engine lost oil pressure. It ditched at DU 1303. Helicopter rescue could not locate him. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.