GALATI, RALPH W.

Name: Ralph W. Galati
Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force
Unit:433rd TFS
Date of Birth: 22 March 1948
Home City of Record: Chester PA
Date of Loss: 16 February 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 170900 North  1064600 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
Missions: 69
Other Personnel in Incident: William Schwertfeger, returnee, pilot


pre-capture photo


Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. 2017

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SOURCE: WE CAME HOME  copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
spelling errors).
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO

RALPH W. GALATI
1st Lieutenant- United States Air Force
Shot Down: February 16, 1972
Released: March 28,1973

Date of Birth:  22 March 1948.
 
Place: Darby, Pennsylvania.
 
Schools: St. James  High School, Chester, Pennsylvania. Graduated 1966. St.
Joseph's College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduated 1970 with a B.S.
degree in English.

Military  Service: Navigator Training, Mather  AFB from May  1970 to March
1971. F-4 R.T.U. George AFB from March 1971 to September 1971. Southeast
Asia Tour, Ubon RTAFB, 25th T.F.S., 69 combat missions, member Wolf FACfast
FAC Program. Shot down 16 February 1972 flying F-4D. Released 28 March
1973.
                              
Family: Married former Rosemary Hatten on 26 December 1970. One child:
daughter, Christine Marie born on 10 February 1972.
                              
My period of captivity served as an awakening for me. I grew to understand
myself better - especially during my 75 days in solitary confinement. I now
appreciate things more fully - my family, my work, and life in general.
Looking into myself, I saw my faults and my weaknesses and tried to overcome
them. But I could not do it completely on my own. Prayer, and a renewed,
strengthened faith in God were my foundations. Living and loving life to the
fullest, and helping my family to do this with me, is my main ambition. I
consider myself quite fortunate, since I was lucky enough to come home. Many
of our family and friends did not. I have an opportunity available to me
that very  few human beings are permitted-the chance to begin  life anew, "A
second chance." Believe me, nothing is more precious than our American way
of life. We are fortunate to live in the land of freedom, an intangible too
often taken for granted. For me it is now  a time for thanksgiving and a
time to share with you all the freedom, happiness, and peace in our American
way of life.

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Ralph and Rosemary reside in Pennsylvania.

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Philadelphia Magis Award - Ralph Galati
Press release from Bill Schwertfeger....
PHILADELPHIA (June 27, 2017) - On Tuesday, July 4, the Honorable James F. Kenney, mayor of the City of Philadelphia, will present the Magis Award to Ralph Galati '70 (USAF), director of veteran services at Saint Joseph's University, as part of the 2017 Wawa Welcome America Festival.

Magis
, which roughly translated, means "the more," is a Jesuit concept that embodies the spirit of doing more, being more and achieving more than originally thought possible. The award was created in 2016 by Kenney, who received a Jesuit education at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
 
The Magis award recognizes Galati's service in the United States Air Force and his dedication to the veteran community.  Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Galati attended USAF Flight Training in 1970, and received his Wings in 1971.
 
A weapon systems officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, Galati was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in the fall of 1971.  On February 16, 1972, he and his pilot were shot down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi.  He spent the next 14 months as a prisoner of war. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.
 
Galati's military awards include: a Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.  
 
Under Galati's leadership, SJU's Office of Veteran's Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by offering a comprehensive suite of programs and services for military veterans, service-members, dependents and survivors to pursue their academic goals and achieve their career development objectives.
 
Mayor Kenney will present Galati with the award during the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall at 10 a.m. on July 4.  The ceremony is part of the six-day Wawa Welcome America Festival. The festival celebrates American history, education and Philadelphia and encompasses free, patriotic events throughout the city from June 29 to July 4.

 
Mayor Kennedy & Ralph Galati

 

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