Georgia House of Representatives – 1995/1996 Sessions
HR 947 – Vick, Captain Ralph E.; condolences
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HR 947 LC 8 2733
Expressing regret at the loss of Captain Ralph E. Vick.
WHEREAS, Captain Ralph E. Vick was a distinguished member ofthe United States Air Force who had been highly decorated in recognition of his exemplary military service; and
WHEREAS, this outstanding officer was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who first came to Georgia as a student at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1959; and
WHEREAS, following his completion of a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical engineering, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and entered the pilot training program at Webb Air Force Base, Texas; and
WHEREAS, his military service took him around the globe, and he received two Air Medals, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Meritorious Service Award, and numerous other medals and awards for service in Viet Nam and Thailand; and
WHEREAS, upon his return to civilian life, he pursued graduate study in the field of computer science, and in 1980, he and his family settled in Douglas, Georgia, where they have been active members of the community; and
WHEREAS, the life of this very capable young man ended tragically in an automobile accident on April 2, 1995, and his burial at Arlington National Cemetery accompanied with a full military salute was an appropriate tribute to a very distinguished officer who so bravely and responsibly rendered service to his country.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body express their regret at the passing of Captain Ralph E. Vick and convey their sincerest sympathy to the members of his family.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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