Philip De Witt Ginder
|Philip De Witt Ginder|
DeWitt Ginder as a Colonel at the end of the World War II.
September 19, 1905|
Plainfield, New Jersey
|Died||November 7, 1968
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1927–1963|
|Commands held||United States Army North
45th Infantry Division
|Wars||World War II
|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, highly decorated soldier who rose to the rank of Major General during the Korean War, while commanding 45th Infantry "Thunderbird" Division. He was also a recicipent of the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.
During World War II, Ginder was among the first ashore during the Normandy Landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Subsequently, he was appointed a Commanding officer 121st Infantry Regiment, within 8th Infantry Division. He was in command of his regiment which captured the German town of Hürtgen as part of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. 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.
He was appointed the commanding officer of the 9th Infantry Regiment in the spring of the 1945. Ginder commanded the regiment until the end of the war, liberating the west of the Czechoslovakia, ending in the town of Rokycany near Pilsen.
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. 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. His service in Korea included nearly 18 months spent north of the 38th parallel.
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.
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