Ralph E. Foltz

Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ralph E. Foltz is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as a Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron Fifteen, attached to the U.S.S. Essex, in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19, 1944. Executing vigorous counterattacks when our Fleet was subjected to numerous heavy enemy air raids, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, (then Ensign) Foltz destroyed two of the enemy dive bombers and assisted materially in the total destruction by his squadron of sixty-seven enemy aircraft. His airmanship and gallant fighting spirit in the face of heavy opposition reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Foltz and the United States Naval Service.