Cornelius Ryan

Cornelius Ryan

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 23 Nov 1974 (aged 54)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 10005672 · View Source
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Author, Journalist. Born in Dublin Ireland, Cornelius re-located to London, England in 1940, where he worked as a war correspondant during WWII. In 1947 he moved to The U.S. where he worked for Time, Newsweek and Collier's magazines. In 1950 he married Kathryn Morgan and became a U.S. citizen. Cornelius Ryan is best know for his WWII books: The Longest Day (1959), The Last Battle (1965) and his final novel A Bridge Too Far (1974). All were best sellers and The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far were made into blockbuster movies. It was during the writing of his last novel that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cornelius was awarded the French Legion of Honour, in 1973, in recognition of his journalism and historical writing. During promotions for A Bridge Too Far, Cornelius fell sick and returned to the hospital, where he passed away on November 23rd, 1974. Walter Cronkite gave his eulogy and soldiers from many countries payed their respects. After his death his notes, tapes and his wife's diaries were published as a book, A Private Battle (1976). Cornelius Ryan is buried in Ridgebury Cemetery under a simple stone, flush with the ground that reads, "Cornelius Ryan, Reporter."

Bio by: Peter McKelvie


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  • Added: 30 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10005672
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius Ryan (5 Jun 1920–23 Nov 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10005672, citing Ridgebury Cemetery, Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .