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    General Matthew B. Ridgway, Sterling Silver Presentation Korean Sinseollo Dish from the Korean Minister of Defense c. 1952. The traditional and uniquely Korean dish is engraved around the base with four stars, indicating General Ridgway's rank, and the inscription, "General & Mrs. M. B. Ridgway / From Defense Minister & Mrs. Ki Poong Lee / Republic of Korea". The dish is 6" high and 7" diameter and fully hallmarked on the bottom. The weight is approximately 24 ounces. The handles and one knob at the top are missing, else, fine.

    Ridgway, with an extensive record as a combat officer and general, took over the command of the 8th US Army, which had been deployed in South Korea upon the invasion by North Korea in June 1950. At the time, the Army was still in a tactical retreat, after a strong foray into North Korea had been met with an unexpected and overwhelming Communist Chinese advance. Ridgway was successful in turning around the morale of the Eighth Army. Under Ridgway's leadership, the Chinese offensive was slowed and finally brought to a halt. He then led his troops in a counteroffensive in the spring of 1951. When General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of command by President Harry Truman in April 1951, Ridgway was promoted to full general, assuming command of all United Nations forces in Korea.


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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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