Arthur Richard “Art” Riedel

Arthur Richard “Art” Riedel

Victoria, Ellis County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Dec 2002 (aged 88)
Victoria, Ellis County, Kansas, USA
Burial Hays, Ellis County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 28216404 · View Source
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Arthur Riedel enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 15, 1942 in Fort Leavenworth, KS and volunteered for parachutist duty.

After completion of five qualifying jumps at the school in Ft. Benning, GA he was assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and became a member of the Service Company.

His full service record is unknown but he was with the 508th when it was stationed at Nottingham, England. Being with the Service Company he may have actually been billeted in nearby Cottesmore where they had parachute packing facilities.

The 508th fought in Normandy for 33 days of combat before being relieved. The regiment also jumped into Holland for Operation Market-Garden and then fought in the Battle of The Bulge. At some time during these operations Arthur was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war ended the 508th was sent to Frankfurt to act as General Eisenhower's Honor Guard. While in Frankfurt Arthur was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He would alao have received the Distinguished Unit Citation, French Fourragere, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard, Combat Infantryman Badge, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with as many as four campaign stars and a bronze invasion arrowhead, American Defense Service Medal and others.

The following obituary appeared in a local paper.

Arthur R. ‘Art' Riedel 1914-2002

VICTORIA — Arthur R. "Art" Riedel , 88, died Dec. 7 at St. John's Nursing Home of Victoria [Kansas]. He was born March 7, 1914, at Victoria, the son of Andrew M. and Francesca Pfeifer Riedel. He was a 1932 graduate of Hays High School. He married Thelma G. Sander on June 3, 1941, in Victoria. She died Dec. 8, 2000.

A resident of Victoria for 10 days, he worked at the Star and Fox Theaters and then as a gas serviceman with Central Kansas Power & Midwest Energy until his retirement in 1976.

Riedel was a member of St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph's Council 1325 of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, all of Hays. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during WW II as a paratrooper in England and France with the Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Survivors include four sons: Ken Riedel of Lakewood, Colo., Art Riedel, Jr. of Larned, Bill Riedel of Aurora, Colo., and Bob Riedel of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Kathy Petr of Wichita; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers: Damian Riedel, Felix Riedel, Rudolph Riedel, Edward Riedel and Clarence Riedel; and two sisters, Ella Hefner and Melinda Higby.

Parish vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, both at Brock's North Hill Chapel of Hays. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. David Metz officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery with graveside military honors by the Hays VFW. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. Thursday, all at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to TMP-Marian High School, St. Joseph's Church, or St. John's New Horizons, all in Hays, in care of the chapel. Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 10, 2002

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