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Ryder, Charles Wolcott (1892-1960)


Photograph of Charles W. Ryder
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"Doc" Ryder had a brief but brilliant tour on the Western Front in the First World War and was a highly respected instructor at the Command and General Staff School, where he got a reputation as a superb tactician. He saw extensive service in the Mediterranean Theater, where he commanded the eastern prong of the American landings in French North Africa and had a hand in convincing Darlan to order a cease-fire.

Ryder suffered from agonizing facial neuralgia during the fighting in Italy, but never asked to be relieved. He was physically exhausted and in poor health following the battle for Livorno and was sent home to recuperate. He was then given command of IX Corps in the Pacific. His corps would have participated in DOWNFALL had the Japanese not surrendered in the summer of 1945.

Service record

1892-1-16      

Born at Topeka, Kansas
1915
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from West Point
1917
Major
16 Regiment, France
1918
Lieutenant colonel     
26 Regiment
1920

Staff, 1 Division
1924

Infantry School
1921

Instructor, West Point
1925

Command and General Staff School
1926

Instructor, Infantry School
1930

15 Regiment, Tientsin
1933

Army War College
1934

G-2, War Department
1937
Colonel     
Commandant of Cadets, West Point
1941

Chief of staff, VI Corps
1942-7     
Brigadier general     
Assistant commander, 90 Division, North Ireland
1942

Assistant commander, 34 Division
1942

Commander, Eastern Task Force, North Africa
1942-5
Major general
Commander, 34 Division, Mediterranean
1944-8     

Commander, IX Corps
1948

Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for National Guard and Reserve
Affairs, Department of the Army
1950

Retires
1960-8-17

Dies

References

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (accessed 2010-3-25)

Generals. (accessed 2009-4-10)

Perret (1991)
Pettibone (2006)



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