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Ridgely Gaither, Jr.
Lieutenant General
Ridgely Gaither (LTG) (1)

InformationEdit

Basic Information
Born February 23, 1903
place/birth Baltimore, Maryland
Died October 26, 1992 (aged 89)
Place/death Fairfield Nursing Center, Crownsville,
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Cause/death Heart failure
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Dorothy White Bassford
(m. 19?? - 1969; her death)
Anne Stuart Harcourt
(m. 19?? - 1992; his death)
Alma mater St. John's College
Nickname
Nationality Caucasian - American
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/service

Service # Officer - 15970

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Military Career
Army Ground Forces Army Ground Forces Assistant to
Chief of
Training Division
Washington, D.C. 1942 31 Jul, 1942
Army Ground Forces Army Ground Forces Assistant to
Assistant
Chief of Staff,
G-3
US Army General Staff Insignia Washington, D.C. 31 Jul, 1942 1943
Commandant,
Parachute School
Fort Benning, Georgia 1943 1945
17th Airborne Division 17th Airborne Division European Theater 1945 1945
86th Infantry Division 86th Infantry Division Assistant
Division
Commander
Philippines 1945 1946
88th Infantry Division alternative 88th Infantry Division Assistant
Division
Commander
Trieste, Italy 1946 1947
Student,
National War College
Fort McNair, D.C. 1946 1947
Director-General,
Allied Military Government,
Free Territory of Trieste
Trieste, Italy Oct, 1947
82nd Airborne Division 82nd Airborne Division Commanding
General
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 19 Jul, 1949 31 Oct, 1949
Chief of Operations Division,
Office, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations,
Department of the Army
US Army General Staff Insignia Washington, D.C. 1950 1952
11th Airborne Division 11th Airborne Division Commanding
General
Fort Campbell, Kentucky Jan, 1952 16 Apr, 1953
40th Infantry Division 40th Infantry Division Commanding
General
Korea 17 Apr, 1953 1953
Army Forces, Far East Command Far East Command Assistant
Chief of Staff,
Intelligence
US Army General Staff Insignia Japan 1954 1955
XVIII US Airborne Corps XVIII Airborne Corps Commanding
General
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 1955 1955
Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence (G-2),
Department of the Army
US Army General Staff Insignia Washington, D.C. 9 Aug, 1955 31 Dec, 1955
Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence,
Department of the Army
US Army General Staff Insignia Washington, D.C. 3 Jan, 1956 30 Jul, 1956
Army Ground Forces United States
Continental Army Command
Deputy
Commanding
General
Fort Monroe, Virginia 1 Aug, 1956 Mar, 1958
Caribbean Defense Command United States
Caribbean Command
Commander
-in-
Chief
Panama Canal Mar, 1958 1960
Second Army (United States) Second United States Army Commanding
General
Fort Meade, Maryland 1 Aug, 1960 30 Apr, 1962
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Civilian Career
Student,
The Boys' Latin School of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland 27 Sept, 1917 1920
Student,
St. John's College
Annapolis, Maryland 1920 1924
Annapolis police commissioner Annapolis, Maryland 5 Jan, 1966 1972

Dates of RankEdit

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Date of Rank Age Accepted
Regular Army
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
15 Jun, 1924 21 3 Jul, 1924
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
8 May, 1930 27
O-3
Captain (US Infantry)
Captain
US Army Infantry Insignia
1 Aug, 1935 32
O-4
Major (US Infantry)
Major
US Army Infantry Insignia
15 Jun, 1941 38
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Infantry)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
15 Jun, 1947 44
O-6
Colonel (US Infantry)
Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
10 Jun, 1948 45
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General 26 Apr, 1953 50
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General 1957
(22 Oct, 1954)
Retired 30 Apr, 1962
Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Date of Rank Age Accepted
Army of the United States
O-4
Major (US Infantry)
Major
US Army Infantry Insignia
31 Jan, 1941 37 4 Feb, 1941
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Infantry)
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
24 Dec, 1941 38
O-6
Colonel (US Infantry)
Colonel
US Army Infantry Insignia
6 Jan, 1943 39
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General 8 Nov, 1943 40 29 Nov, 1943
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General 1952
(2 Aug, 1944)
O-9
Lieutenant General (USA)
Lieutenant General 27 Jul, 1956 53

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Army Distinguished Service Medal (1 Oakleaf) Army Distinguished Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Bronze Star Medal
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation
Service/Campaign Medals
American Defense Service Medal American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 stars) EAME Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars)
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal (2 SS) Korean Service Medal (2 Service Stars)
Combat/Special Skill Badges
Master Parachutist Badge (1 Jump)
Parachutist Badge (Master)
Identification Badges
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army General Staff Identification Badge
40th Infantry Division 40th Infantry Division worn as his
Combat Service Identification Badge
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) Overseas Service Bar (3)
Foreign Personal Decorations
War Merit Cross (Italy) Italian War Merit Cross
Foreign Unit Awards
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Non-United States Service Awards
United Nations Korea Medal United Nations Korea Medal
Foreign Service Awards
Korean War Service Medal Korean War Service Medal

for more information: Ridgely Gaither (Awards & Decorations)

Battles/WarsEdit

  • World War I
  • World War II

QuotesEdit

NotesEdit

FamilyEdit

GalleryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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