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Matthew B. Ridgway

Commander, UN and US Troops in Korea, 1951-1952; Commander, NATO Forces in Europe, 1952-1953; Chief of Staff, US Army, 1953-1955.

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b. 1895 - d. July 26, 1993

Matthew Ridgway rose to command UN and US Troops in Korea from 1951-1952. He was tasked with stabilizing and saving the peninsula. Ridgway was able to successfully prepare the way for armistice talks by stabilizing the line on and around the 38th parallel.

Commander, UN and US Troops in Korea, 1951-1952; Commander, NATO Forces in Europe, 1952-1953; Chief of Staff, US Army, 1953-1955