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Charles Wolcott Ryder

Date of birth: January 16, 1892
Date of death: August 17, 1960
Place of Birth: Kansas, Topeka
Home of record: Topeka Kansas

Charles Ryder graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1915. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General. His son by the same name graduated for the Academy in 1942, earning three Silver Stars and also retiring as a Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F., near Soissons, France, 21 July 1918. Major Ryder took command of the front-line units and reorganized them under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. Although wounded in the early operations, he remained in command and directed the attack until all objectives had been taken.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)

Action Date: July 21, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Regiment: 16th Infantry Regiment

Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F., near Fleville, France, 9 October 1918. In the attack on Hill 272, after all his runners had been killed or wounded while trying to establish liaison with the front-line companies, Major Ryder advanced alone and personally directed the action of his command although under direct fire from two enemy machine guns. He later personally led the final assault on Hill 272, thereby making possible the success of the entire attack.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)

Action Date: October 9, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Regiment: 16th Infantry Regiment

Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division from 1942 to 1944.

Action Date: 1942 - 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 34th Infantry Division

Silver Star Citation

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Major (Infantry) Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Major (Infantry) Ryder distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action at Soissons, France, 21 July 1918, in leading his battalion constantly for our days in the front line, guiding and encouraging his men. [This award was rescinded under GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 9 (August 1, 1920) as the recipient has been awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for deed including this act.]

General Orders: GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 6 (June 3, 1919)

Action Date: July 21, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Regiment: 16th Infantry Regiment

Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving as Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, II Corps, General Orders No. 22 (1944)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 34th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division from 1942 to 1944.

Action Date: 1942 - 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 34th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding General, IX Corps, from 1944 to 1945.

Action Date: 1944 - 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: IX Corps