Rank and organization:   Commander, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Parche.
Place and Date:
Pacific, 31 July 1944.
Entered service at:   Vermont.
Birth:   19 January
1920, Monroe Bridge, Mass.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding
officer of the U.S.S. Parche in a predawn attack on a Japanese convoy,
31 July 1944. Boldly penetrating the screen of a heavily escorted convoy,
Comdr. Ramage launched a perilous surface attack by delivering a crippling
stern shot into a freighter and quickly following up with a series of bow
and stern torpedoes to sink the leading tanker and damage the second one.
Exposed by the light of bursting flares and bravely defiant of terrific
shellfire passing close overhead, he struck again, sinking a transport
by two forward reloads. In the mounting fury of fire from the damaged and
sinking tanker, he calmly ordered his men below, remaining on the bridge
to fight it out with an enemy now disorganized and confused. Swift to act
as a fast transport closed in to ram, Comdr. Ramage daringly swung the
stern of the speeding Parche as she crossed the bow of the onrushing ship,
clearing by less than 50 feet but placing his submarine in a deadly crossfire
from escorts on all sides and with the transport dead ahead. Undaunted,
he sent 3 smashing "down the throat" bow shots to stop the target, then
scored a killing hit as a climax to 46 minutes of violent action with the
Parche and her valiant fighting company retiring victorious and unscathed.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)