Matthew Ridgway (1895-1993) General. During World War II Ridgway commanded the newly activated 82nd Infantry Division. He planned and executed the night airborne operation during the invasion of Sicily then during the Normandy invasion personally jumped into France with his unit. In the late postwar, Ridgway served as army Deputy Chief of Staff in the Pentagon. He was named successor in command of United Nations troops in Korea with General MacArthur’s removal by President Truman.
First day of issue postal cover for the George Marshall commemorative with a metallic cachet signed, “Gen. M. Ridgway General, US Army Retd”.