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General Matthew B. Ridgway Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 03, 1895 in Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
Died: July 26, 1993 in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
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Ridgway (1895-1993) planned and executed the U.S. Army's first airborne assault (in Sicily) during World War II. He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When he took command of the Eighth Army in Korea in December 1950, he moved immediately to revitalize the seriously demoralized Army, which had been forced to retreat after the entry of Chinese Communist forces into the conflict. He succeeded so well that by late January 1951, the Eighth Army took the offensive again. He replaced General MacArthur as Allied Commander of the U.N. forces in the Far East after MacArthur was recalled by President Truman in April 1951 (for publicly questioned Truman's strategy). Ridgway succeeded Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe in 1952 and was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Here Ridgway eloquently defines the stakes in Korea. In retrospect, it seems ironic that Ridgway also invokes MacArthur's name to support the view that orders should never be questioned, since MacArthur was soon to be removed from command for doing just that.

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