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This is an odd one, where the external source contains extensive content that seems in context to be copied from a book, but there are multiple points of similarity with Wikipedia. See Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2014 May 24. Pending some sign that the content was published first in a book or elsewhere, we need to assume that the content evolved here. --Moonriddengirl(talk) 15:44, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
I don't think he could have had the CIB. You must be in the grade of o-6 or lower after 6 Dec 41 to recive this device. He did not take a combat command until 1942 when he had already been promoted to BGEN (o-7) and thus could no longer recive the device. That and in no image is he wearing it.
Given his high rank in Nato he must have been awarded several grand-crosses in European orders such as the Order of Orange-Nassau. Who knows more? Faithfully yours, Robert Prummel (talk) 14:16, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
When General Matthew Ridgway arrived in Paris to take up his position in NATO there were demonstrations, organized by the communists who called him "Ridgway la peste". There was one dead and several people were wounded. The communists had accused him of using biological weapons in Korea. All this may very well be communist desinformation. Who knows more? Robert Prummel (talk) 14:24, 20 June 2014 (UTC)