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William Leonard Ritter, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; Order British Empire.


Ritter, William Leonard was born on January 12, 1898 in Hartford City, Indiana, United States. Son of Charles E. and Sara M. (Hess) Ritter.


Graduate Infantry School, company officers course, 1923, advanced course, 1931.


Slocum. Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1917, advancing through the grades to brigadier general, 1944. Served with 4th Division during World War I. Participated in Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns during World World War II.

Chief of staff and deputy commander United States Army Forces in Africa and the Middle East, 1944-1946. Professor military science and tactics University of California, Berkeley, 1946-1950.


Married Grace E. Moore, September 27, 1924.

Charles E. Ritter

Sara M. (Hess) Ritter

Grace E. Moore