Major Ralph Alexander Northrop
Major Ralph Alexander Northrop was commissioned as an Armor Officer upon graduation from Armor Officer Candidate School class 8-67 at Fort Knox, Kentucky on March 3, 1967. His first duty assignment was with Headquarters, 16th Armor Group, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
His subsequent duty assignments were: Scout Platoon Leader, Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), United States Army, Republic of Vietnam; Operations Officer, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), United States Army, Republic of Vietnam; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Element, Defense Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, Troop Command.
His military education consists of: Military Intelligence Course, Foreign Area Officer Course, Officer Rotary Wing Aviators Course, and AH-1G (Cobra) Course.
His military awards include The Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (2nd Award), Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal (26th Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Palm, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Aviator Badge.