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General Matthew B. Ridgway Exhibit Opens June 1

Michael Swanson will share his reminiscences about General Ridgway, his former neighbor in suburban Pittsburgh, during a talk on June 1 beginning at 5:30 pm. to open the new exhibit My Battles in War and Peace: General Matthew B. Ridgway at the George C. Marshall Foundation.

Dr. Swanson is one of the lenders for the exhibit along with U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.; Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Pittsburg; David Neville, Export, PA and Russell Hicks, Bedford, VA.   James L. Winn, who is a member of the Foundation’s board of trustees and the step grandson of George Marshall, also provided material for the exhibit that was curated by Marcy Molinaro, the Foundation’s curator of collections.

The Ridgway Exhibit will be open through mid-December 2010. It was

underwritten with financial support from Hunter Defense Technologies, a corporate partner of the Marshall Foundation.

General Ridgway grew up in an Army family.  Initially denied admission to West Point because of low math scores, he studied, reapplied and was awarded an appointment.  Following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, he went on to hold several major commands during his long and successful 38-year career that concluded with his service as Army Chief of Staff.

Ridgway served under General Marshall in the War Plans Division and later as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII.  He is perhaps more well known for leadership during the Korean War.  General Ridgway served on the Marshall Foundation Board of Trustees for 21 years following his retirement from military service.