Ralph GalatiUS Air Force Veteran

Ralph Galati is a decorated Air Force Veteran, former Vietnam prisoner of war (POW), business leader and educator who shares his unique experiences to inspire and advocate for Veterans nationwide.

Upon graduation from St. Joseph’s University in 1970, Ralph was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He began USAF flight training that same year, received his Wings in 1971, and was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand as a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft. Ralph qualified as a Laser Guided Bomb Lead, and was soon elevated to the role of Forward Air Controller (Wolf FAC).

On February 16, 1972, he and his pilot were shot down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi where he spent the next 14 months as a prisoner of war. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.

Upon his return, Ralph served another five years on active duty and three more in the Air Force Reserves. He was awarded the 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 clusters, and the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster.

Following his military service, Ralph spent 28 years with IBM where he received numerous leadership and sales awards. He retired in 2007 and was later employed by SAP in their Education and Training business. He has also served as a professor and academic advisor at numerous universities in the Philadelphia area.

Today, Ralph is passionate about supporting Veterans and preparing them for business and entrepreneurship. He has served as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, PA, and founded and directed the Office of Veterans Services at St. Joseph’s University. He also serves on the Boards of the JDog Foundation and the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association.