Sergeant Ricketts is apparently the son of James B. Ricketts, Major General, United States Army. He is buried in the General's gravesite in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery and his listed next-of-kin was Fannie Ricketts of San Jose, California (the General's wife). He was born in New York City on 21 December 1868 and died on 1 February 1910.
Per the records below, he served in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry (The Rough Riders), and was wounded in the hip in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
Rough Riders Service Courtesy of the National Archives
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