Philip De Witt Ginder

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Philip De Witt Ginder
Phillip DeWitt Ginder.jpg
DeWitt Ginder as a Colonel at the end of the World War II.
Born (1905-09-19)September 19, 1905
Plainfield, New Jersey
Died November 7, 1968(1968-11-07) (aged 63)
Danbury, Connecticut
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1927–1963
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held United States Army North
45th Infantry Division
Wars World War II
Korean War
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Relations Jean Dalrymple (Wife)

Philip De Witt Ginder (September 19, 1905 - November 7, 1968) was an American career soldier who rose to the rank of Major General during the Korean War. He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1927.[1]

During World War II, Ginder was among the first ashore during the Normandy Landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was in command of forces which captured the German town of Hürtgen as part of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.[2][3] It was for this action that he received the Distinguished Service Cross for actions on November 28, 1944, when then-Colonel Ginder led his reserve company in an attack against the heavily defended town of Hürtgen, armed only with his pistol and a hand grenade, and led his troops through the town in bitter house-to-house fighting.[2][4] By the end of the war he was in the Czechoslovakian town of Rokycany near Pilsen.[3]

Following the end of the war, from 1946 to 1949, Ginder attended the National War College in Washington.[3] He also served in the Far East on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur.[2]

Before retiring from the Army with the rank of Major General in 1963, Ginder would command the 6th Infantry Regiment (United States), Berlin (1951 through 1952), the 45th Infantry Division (United States), Korea (1953), the 37th Infantry Division (United States), Fort Riley (1954) and serve as Commander General of the Fifth United States Army in 1955.[3] He went to Korea as a Colonel, and was awarded the two-star rank of Major General in less than two years of service there, making him the youngest American general to command a combat division in Korea.[2] His service in Korea included nearly 18 months spent north of the 38th parallel.[2]

Ginder was married to Jean Dalrymple, the head of the City Center Drama and Light Opera Companies, whom he met in 1951 while she organized United States participation at the Berlin Arts Festival on behalf of the United States Department of State. The couple had an apartment at 150 West 55th Street and in Danbury, Connecticut.[2]

Ginder died at age 63 on November 7, 1968 in Trafalgar Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.[2]

Decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Arrowhead
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Service Stars and Arrowhead device
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Korean Service Medal
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with Palm
Czechoslovak Order of the White Lion, 3rd Class
Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945
Soviet Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
United Nations Korea Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Military Academy. The Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point: 2004. Connecticut. Elm Press. 2004. pg. 2:49
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Staff. "Gen. Philip Ginder Dead at 63; Division Leader in Korean War", The New York Times, November 8, 1968. Accessed January 13, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d GINDER, PHILIP DE WITT: Papers, 1927-1968, Eisenhower Presidential Center, dated July 12, 1973. Accessed January 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Full Text Citations For Award of The Distinguished Service Cross:U.S. Army Recipients - WWII letter G, HomeOfHeroes.com. Accessed January 13, 2009.

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