Shipmate, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
5415 Dalcross Drive Columbia MO 65203 USA
We were shipmates, but I only recently learned your name from Jackson, your friend in A Division. But I have always remembered you and how suddenly and violently you were taken away from us. No man aboard that day will ever forget you and your sacrifice. Rest in peace.
Aug 30, 2009
Grand Junction Co
~ In Remembrance of a Fallen Hero ~
In Remembrance of your Sacrifice and with a Multitude of Thanks for your Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace, AA Norman Franklin Ridley and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. My brother, Sgt. David Dickinson is a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967.....NEVER MY SOUL, STILL THE SONG, OF WOUNDED HEARTS, THEIR LOVED ONE GONE.....OF HIM WHO GAVE HIS LIFE, FOR ME.....THAT I MIGHT LIVE, IN LIBERTY.
Jan 8, 2009
FLIGHT DECK SHIP MATE
1779 STRAWBERRY STREET SHOW LOW AZ 85901 USA
WE NEVER MADE IT FISHING IN ALASKA, DID WE?
WE SHARED SOME CHOW, LIED ABOUT FISHING. (WHO WAS BETTER). YOU WERE VERY PROUD OF ALSAKA, AND WE WERE GOING PUT UP A SIGN.."GONE FISHIN" WHEN WE GOT OUT, AND HEAD FOR ALSAKA.
I WAS UP THERE WITH YOU THAT RAINY COLD JANUARY MORNING. I WAS IN BACK OF YOU ON CATAPULT 3. I COULDN'T HELP YOU NORMAN. IT WAS OVER SO DAMN FAST. JUST OVER.
I HAVE BEEN TO THE WALL ONCE. I COULDN'T FIND THE COURAGE TO VISIT YOU.
BUT I VISIT YOU ALL THE TIME IN MY MEMORIES. I HAVE YOU IN MY HEART.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN UP ON THE FLIGHT DECK DON'T CATCH ALL THE BIG ONES.
R. MIKE COCHRAN CATAPULT 3
Apr 8, 2008
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Jan 8, 2008
4850 Glacier Highway #B8 Juneau Alaska 99801 United States of America
The love and joy that you shared is dearly missed!
Norman was quite a character and I have so many fun filled memories of the love and joy he brought to all who he had the privilege to make friends with. I am thankful for the way our parents raised us to always respect All people and to treat them as if we always knew them. To be a friend and to build on that friendship. Norman, you touched many hearts and are dearly missed! It's so tragic that you are gone, but not forgotten! I was at school in Chicago and we never had a chance to say good bye! Even now I weep as I write this short note.
Jul 14, 2007
Friend/Shipmate (V-4 Division)
1894 Maderia Ave Deltona Florida 32738 U.S.A.
Ridley, we were just getting to know you Amigo.
I saw you die that dreadfull morning during flight-ops. Edward McFadden (your crew leader) was the only one that cried for you that morning. Twenty years later I broke down and cried for you Ridley. I think of you almost everyday and I still cry for you. Of all the deaths that I witnessed during my three tours, your death was the one that has stayed with me until now.
After moving to Maryland from Texas, I went to visit you at the "Wall". Just touching your name gave me some kind of comfort.
I wish I had a picture of you but you only lasted eighteen days in our division. I wish I could get in contact with some one from your family, but I feel I'll only be opening a can of worms.
About two years ago a friend of mine from Victoria, Texas (Art Alvarado - President of the Vietnam Veterans of Victoria, Texas Chapter) placed a white cross with your name in your memory for Memorial Day. By doing this, he told me that this is how we will keep the names and memories of all the one that didn't come home alive.
I miss you Ridley....and I know I'll be seeing you again.
Sep 22, 2006
3052 Wood Duck Ave.
Juneau, AK 99802 USA
Norman.I don't know you, but I do know your brother Bob and Sister Norma Jean, and we all miss you. Thank you so much. A Fellow Seaman Walter A. Soboleff Jr. ex-SK1 USN Juneau, Alaska, USA Tlingit and Haida First Nations
Thursday, July 13, 2006
THANK-YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT YOU MADE FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. R.I.P.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Thank you AA Ridley for your service to country and ultimate sacrifice. Rest well brave sailor and rest assured that you Sir, are not forgotten.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Schoolmate. Sheldon Jackson High
Thanks Bud, for your service. Dennis MM3 USN Yankee Station Tonkin Gulf 1966-1969
Saturday, April 29, 2006