Ernest M. Riedel, Jr.

Ernest Riedel was born in New Jersey on 2/27/25 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Riedel. Ernest’s father was a champion canoe racer who competed in four World Olympics. Prior to enlisting in the Armed Forces in 1943, Ernest lived in Teaneck.

Ernest was a competitive speed skater.  He won a Junior North American skating title in the 880 yard event in 1938, won the 880 Yard Junior Boys’ Final in an Intercity Race in Madison Square Garden, NY in 1940 and he also placed second in the Junior Boys Half-Mile event in the North American speed skating championship in 1941.

He finished four years of high school and attended Columbia University in New York. Ernest enlisted in the Army Air Corp on 9/9/43. He received specialized training in troop carrier tactics including training with the C-47 Transport Plane. He graduated as an air cadet on 1/6/45. Ernest served in the 322nd Squadron, Troop Carrier Command in the 10th Air Force and attained the rank of First Lieutenant.

In the days following the war his unit was based in Hankow, China. He died on October 16,1945 as a result of his plane crashing into a tower during foggy weather while flying a special mission evacuating Chinese.

This brave Air Force Officer is buried in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

WWII Scrapbook

  1. February 14, 1945

  1. 1930 United States Federal Census (Ernest Redell, father)
  2. 1930 United States Federal Census (possible grandparents)
  3. 1940 United States Federal Census (Ernest Reidel, father)
  4. 1940 United States Federal Census (possible grandparents)
  5. U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
  6. U. S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 for Ernest M. Riedel

Genealogybank Website

  1. Ernest Reidel, 81, Champion Canoe Racel (father)- The Miami Herald (FL), Monday, March 28, 1983

New York Times

  1. Bermuda Type Home: Artistic Resident Built for E.C. Riedel in Westfield (father) - The New York Times, Feb. 2, 1939
  2. 14,973 See Miss Williams, Erickson and Roukema Win in Skating Carnival - The New York Times, Tues., Feb. 6, 1940, p. 26
  3. Werner Takes Senior Speed Skating Title, Placing in Four Races at Verplanck Meet - The New York Time, Jan. 20, 1941
  4. Freisinger Skaters to victory in 880 - The New York Times, Feb. 2, 1941
  5. 2-mile race to Simmons - The New York Times, Feb. 2, 1943 (Historical Military Records)

  1. Missing Crew Report
  2. WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualty List

National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website

  1. 1 LT Ernest M. Riedel, Jr.

Find A Grave Website

  1. Lieut. Ernest M. Riedel, Jr. - Riedel was with the 10th AAF 443rd group, 322 Troop Carrier Squadron based in Hankow, China. He was killed in the days following the end of the war flying a special mission assisting in the evacuation of the Chinese people. The plane crashed into a tower during foggy conditions. (material originally provided on memorial for Ralph Louis Sadler by member Ardath Forshee)