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Donald Meredith Ridlen
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Birth: Oct. 17, 1931
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1948
Daejeon
Daejeon Metropolitan City, South Korea

Donald was the son of Meredith Louis Ridlen and Ruth Belle (Crider) Ridlen.

He was attending Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; was a member of the Southeastern Union Church, and Boy Scouts of America.

He followed his two older brothers into service on September 15, 1947. Taking basic training at Fort Knox, (Kentucky), his port of embarkation to Korea was through Seattle, Washington. In Korea, he was assigned occupation duty with the Seventh Infantry Division.

After a year of service and having found out his true age, the army was sending him to Seoul, Korea to be returned home. Donald never made it to Seoul as the train that he was riding on was involved in a train wreck where he and 33 others were killed.

His body was returned to the USA, and was buried next to his great grandparents, Lewis Crider and Mahala Clarissa (Hammons) Crider on September 20, 1948, at the age of 16y, 11m, and 3d. (bio by: genealogyfever) 
 
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 Parents:
  Meredith Louis Ridlen (1907 - 1992)
  Ruth Belle Crider Ridlen (1909 - 1982)
 
 Sibling:
  Earl Louis Ridlen (1927 - 2006)*
  Donald Meredith Ridlen (1931 - 1948)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Crown Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Genealogy Girl
Record added: Mar 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13552315
Donald Meredith Ridlen
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Donald Meredith Ridlen
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Donald Meredith Ridlen
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You may have been "too young," but I thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace, sir.
- Solitarieone
 Added: Apr. 23, 2015

- R I P
 Added: Apr. 17, 2015

- Mimi
 Added: Jan. 10, 2015
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