Charles W. Ryder

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Charles Wolcott Ryder
Charles W. Ryder.jpg
Born January 16, 1892
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Died August 17, 1960 (aged 68)
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, United States
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1917–1950
Rank Major General
Unit Infantry Branch
Commands held 34th Infantry Division
IX Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart
World War I Victory Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Order of the Bath
Relations Major General Charles W. Ryder, Jr. (Son)

Charles Wolcott Ryder, CB (January 16, 1892 – August 17, 1960), during World War II, was a U.S. Army major general who commanded the 34th Infantry Division in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and the IX Corps in the Pacific Theater of Operations.


Ryder was born on January 16, 1892 in Topeka, Kansas. In 1915 he graduated from the United States Military Academy. In 1917–1919, he served as a Major and then Lt. Colonel in the 16th and 26th Infantry Regiments, of the 1st Infantry Division in France and Germany.

At the end of the conflict, Ryder had been decorated with two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.[1]

Between the wars, Ryder served in various posts, including the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the 15th Infantry in Tientsin, China and as Commandant of Cadets at West Point (1937–1941). In 1941–1942, he was chief of staff of the VI Corps. From May 1942 to July 1944, Major General Ryder was commander of the 34th Infantry Division, the first U.S. division deployed to Europe in World War II. He led the division through the North African and Italian campaigns, including the landings at Algiers and at Salerno.

From September 2, 1944 to December 6, 1948, Ryder was Commanding General, IX Corps, preparing for the invasion of Japan, and — after the surrender of Japan — serving in the occupation of Japan.

His son, Charles Wolcott Ryder, Jr. was USMA class of 1941 who had a distinguished career and rose to the rank of Major General.

Ryder retired from the Army in 1950, and died on August 17, 1960 at the age of 68.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Cross (with oak leaf cluster)
Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster)
Purple Heart
Silver star
World War I Victory Medal (with Silver Citation Star)
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal (with Japan Clasp)
Companion of the Order of the Bath [2]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Atkinson, Rick (2 October 2007). The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 2). 8013: Henry Holt and Co. 
  2. ^ Companion of the Order of the Bath