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Veteran’s Lecture Series: Herb Ridyard, Veteran of Patton’s Third Army

Veteran's Lecture Series
Teens, Adults, Seniors Closed 8/3/2017 11/14/2017 7:00:00 PM

The only thing that stopped 19-year old Herb Ridyard from fighting Germans was the cold.  After enlisting in the army at the age of 17, the Bethlehem native served as a rifleman and ammunition bearer in a heavy-machine-gun squad with the 94th Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army. He was in combat for eight months during campaigns in Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and Central Germany. The winter of 1944-45 was one of the coldest in decades, and Ridyard became one of its casualties. He was hospitalized for several weeks with frozen toes. After convalescing in France, he rejoined his unit in time to participate in the advance into Germany’s Ruhr region.

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