Monday, March 3, 2014

When the going gets tough...

Today would be the birthday of General Matthew Ridgway, the man who due to his exceptional competence was given every nasty job the US could muster in his 38 year military career.

From Wikipedia: 
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held15th Infantry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
XVIII Airborne Corps
8th US Army
Supreme UN and US commander in Korea
Chief of Staff of the United States Army

Combat Infantry Badge.svgCombat Infantryman Badge (General Ridgway is one of three general officers who have been awarded the CIB for service while a General Officer, with General Joseph Stilwelland Major General William F. Dean[30]
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gifParachutist Badge [31]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with "V" device and oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart
World War I Victory Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Presidential Medal of Freedom.[1]
United Nations Service Medal
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor of France (1953)
Congressional Gold Medal
Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius)

General Ridgway had the dubious distinction of taking over General MacArthur's commands when Mac was sacked for insubordination.

Throughout American history we have been fortunate in having men of General Ridgway's caliber available when needed. Sadly, we do not always use them wisely.


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