Summary

Conflict Period:
Korean War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
General 1
Birth:
03 Mar 1895 2
Fort Monroe, Virginia 3
Death:
26 Jul 1993 2
Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania 4
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Full Name:
Matthew Bunker Ridgway 3
Full Name:
Matthew B Ridgway 2
Birth:
03 Mar 1895 2
Fort Monroe, Virginia 3
Death:
Cause: cardiac arrest 4
Death:
26 Jul 1993 2
Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania 3
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia 5
Residence:
Last Residence: Pittsburgh, PA 2
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Birth:
Mother: Ruth Ridgway 3
Father: Thomas Ridgway 3
Marriage:
Julia Caroline Blount 3
1917 3
Divorce Date: 1930 3
Marriage:
Mary Anthony Ridgway 5
1947 3
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Korean War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
General 1
Commands held:
8th US Army; Supreme UN and US commander in Korea 1

Other Service 3

Branch:
Army 3
Service Start Date:
1917 3
Service End Date:
1955 3

World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Lieutenant General (1945) 3
Commands held:
82nd Airborne Division; XVIII Airborne Corps 3
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Employment:
Employer: US Army 1
Position: Commanding General of the Eighth United States Army 1
Start Date: 1950 1
End Date: 1951 1
Employment:
Employer: US Army 3
Position: Chief of Staff of the United States Army 3
Start Date: 1953 3
End Date: 1955 3
Employment:
Employer: US Army 3
Position: Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO) 3
Start Date: 1952 3
End Date: 1953 3
Employment:
Employer: US Army 3
Position: Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) 3
Start Date: 1951 3
End Date: 1952 3
Education:
Institution: US Military Academy 3
Place: West Point, NY 3
To: 1917 3
Social Security:
Social Security Number: ***-**-7013 2

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Presidential Medal of Freedom excerpt

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". . . When a soldier rising, sword in hand, reaches to protect an idea -- freedom, liberty, human kindness -- the world is, for a moment, hushed. Greatness is often born in quiet, in stillness. And so it was that night in June of 1944 when General Matthew B. Ridgway prayed the words God spoke to Joshua: "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.'' D-day saved a continent, and so, a world. And Ridgway helped save D-day. Heroes come when they're needed; great men step forward when courage seems in short supply. World War II was such a time. And there was Ridgway."

--President Reagan

(source: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1986/51286b.htm)

Distinguished Service Cross (#2) citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Major General Matthew Bunker Ridgway (ASN: 0-5264), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 82d Airborne Division, in action against the enemy from 6 June 1944 to 9 June 1944, in France. Major General Ridgway jumped by parachute at approximately 0200 prior to the dawn of "D" Day and landed about 3/4 mile northeast of *****, France, to spearhead the parachute landing assault of his Airborne Division on the Cotentin Peninsula. Throughout "D" Day, he visited every point in the then surrounded area in order to evaluate the opposition and to encourage his men. He penetrated to the front of every active sector without thought of the personal danger involved. He exposed himself continuously to small arms, mortar and artillery fire; as, by his presence and through words of encouragement, he greatly assisted and personally directed the operations of one of his battalions in the important task of securing the bridgehead across the ***** River, which required a frontal assault against strongly entrenched enemy positions. His personal bravery and his heroism were deciding factors in the success of his unit in France. Major General Ridgway's gallant leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 35 (July 19, 1944)

Action Date: June 6 - 9, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 82d Airborne Division

(source: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=23122)

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