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First Name: Edward

Last Name: Ritchie

Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Stratford, TX
Middle Name: D.

Date of Birth: 20 November 1892

Date of Death: 02 September 1974

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served: 1918-1919
Edward Douglas Ritchie

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Edward Douglas Ritchie

Private 1st Class, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
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 Private Edward D. Ritchie (ASN: 562140), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F., near St. Thibault, France, 10 August 1918.
While on an outpost near the Vesle River, Private Ritchie volunteered to accompany Corporal John S. Weimer in rescuing a wounded soldier who had been left by members of a patrol in a shell hole some distance to the front. Under fire from machine guns and snipers, Private Ritchie and Corporal Weimer proceeded to the shell hole and found the wounded man, who was unable to walk.
Suggesting that the three of them in a group would make a more conspicuous target for the enemy, Private Ritchie offered to run ahead to draw the enemy fire, while his comrade assisted the wounded man. He made his way back to shelter under continuous machine-gun and sniper fire, while Corporal Weimer carried the wounded soldier to safety.

On 8 May 1919 awarded the French Croix de Guerre with gilt star.

On 14 April 1919 awarded the Italian Croce di Guerre.

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Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315922   Created by: drjones46




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