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Ridgway, Matthew Bunkerlocked

(03 March 1895–26 July 1993)
  • John Kennedy Ohl


Ridgway, Matthew Bunker (03 March 1895–26 July 1993), army officer, was born at Fort Monroe, Virginia, the son of Thomas Ridgway, an and Ruth Starbuck Bunker. Raised at several army posts, Ridgway graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1917 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry. That year he married Julia Caroline Blount. They had two children before they divorced in 1930. Promoted to first lieutenant in May 1917, Ridgway spent World War I in the United States, serving as a company commander and adjutant with the Third Infantry Regiment at Eagle Pass, Texas, and then, beginning in September 1918, as a romance language instructor at West Point. Promoted to captain in July 1919, he remained at West Point until 1924, becoming executive for athletics in 1921 and graduate manager of athletics in 1922....

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