Patrick J. Ryan (chaplain)

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Patrick James Ryan
Major General Patrick James Ryan
9th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born (1902-12-12)December 12, 1902
Manannah, Minnesota
Died June 5, 1975(1975-06-05) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1928 - 1958
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Chaplain (Major General) Patrick James Ryan, USA (December 12, 1902 – June 5, 1975) was an American military officer who served as Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army from 1954 to 1958.


Ryan was born near Manannah Township, Minnesota on December 12, 1902. He would graduate from the College of St. Thomas and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and became an ordained Roman Catholic priest. He was later given the title of Monsignor by Pope Pius XII and the title of Prothonotary Apostolic by Pope Paul VI.[1] Ryan died on June 5, 1975, in Washington, D.C..


Ryan joined the United States Army in 1928. Early in his career, he was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, among other places. During World War II, he served in Morocco and Italy. Following the war, he served as Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army from 1946 to 1948 and from 1952 to 1954 with the rank of Brigadier General. He would then serve as Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army with the rank of Major General from 1954 until his retirement in 1958.

Awards he received include the Legion of Merit, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Navy Presidential Unit Citation with award star.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal
Bronze star
American Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Order of the British Empire (Unknown grade)


  1. ^ "Monsignor Patrick J. Ryan Papers". University of St. Thomas. Retrieved 2011-10-02.