Lieuenant Colonel, United States Army
Ridenour was number 50 in the United States Military Academy Class of 1898.
He hailed from Ohio, where he was born on 21 April 1874.
His branch was Infantry, and he fought at the Battle of San Juan Hill and in the Siege of Santiago de Cuba before being transferred to the Philippines, where he served in a number of administrative positions.
He returned to the States but was ordered back to the Philippine Islands, where he spent two more years.
He served at Fort St. Michael, Alaska; the Presidio, San Francisco, and Des Moines, Iowa, before he became ill in August of 1917 and was admitted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. There he spent the rest of his days, dying on 22 March 1918. He was 44 years old.
Posted: 6 September 2006