Veteran honored with Falls Creek seat

Irvin Jackson Rickey Sr. left the U.S. Army Air Corps as a highly decorated soldier, but while service to his country was of major importance to him, it didn’t come close to matching service as a soldier in the army of his Lord and Savior. A World War II veteran, Rickey was in the National Guard before enlisting in the Army and went from civilian to officer, which is very rare. Born in Oklahoma City, he was one of seven children and a graduate of Oklahoma City’s Central High School. He was employed by Capitol Steel and Iron Company before entering the Air Corps in August 1942. A fighter pilot, he was headed for the Philippines to fight the Japanese, when he asked for an assignment in the European-African theater, where he was transferred to photo reconnaissance. He flew 30 missions, completing 27 of them. On his mother’s birthday, Nov. 26, 1944, he was shot down over Stuttgart, Germany, captured immediately and held at Stalag Luft 1 near Barth, where he spent the next five months, under brutal and torturous conditions. He was freed when the Russians liberated the camp May 1, 1945, and flown to the American camp near Dieppe, France. A war hero, he earned the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Prison of War, European African Middle Eastern Campaign with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Meal, Good Conduct Medal and 45-Caliber Marksmen Medal. But through all of this, his greatest joy was serving the Lord. Continue Reading...

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