Col. Edward R. (Ted) Ardery
Immediate Past President Ted Ardery A56ENG passed away on Friday, June 9, 2006 at the age of 85, following a lengthy illness. He was born on October 2, 1920 in Washington D.C., the son of a US Army Engineer. After attending Quaker and Military High Schools, he entered the US Military Academy at West Point in 1939. Upon graduation in January 1943, he was assigned to the 11th Armored Division as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 56th Armored Engineer Battalion. During combat in the European Theater of Operations, he assumed command of Company A, 56th Armored Engineer Battalion, with the rank of Captain. He was twice wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star (twice in addition to the "V" for valor). Captain Ardery earned and enjoyed the respect of all who served in his command.
Upon liberation of Konzentrationslager Mauthausen in 1945, he provided troops and equipment to prepare graves for the thousands of unburied dead.. Even though still recovering from wounds, he participated in the removal of explosives from the underground factory known as Bergkristall, where the Messerschmidt ME 262 jet fighter planes were assembled.
Following WWII, then Major Ardery remained in Germany where he managed the construction of US Army facilities, and guided restoration of the German infrastructure. In 1947 he joined an inter-service team in Antarctica, to study the feasibility of developing aircraft landing sites on the ice cap.
During the Korean war, Lt. Col. Ardery served as an advisor to the Korean Army. He returned to Germany during the Berlin crisis, where as a full Colonel, he commanded Engineer combat units. He later served on the steering committee that developed specifications for the M-1 Abrams tank.
During the Vietnam War, he managed the operation of US Army facilities.
After his retirement from the US Army in 1973, Ted supervised the construction of portions of the Washington D.C. subway system. He later served as Construction Manager for the Potomac Electric Power Company, retiring in 1994. For several ensuing years, he chaired the Construction Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In 1951, Ted married US Air Force Major Muriel Moran. Together they raised five children. Edward is an attorney and Administrative Law judge with the Equal Opportunity Commission; Ann is an Architect; Richard is a Hospital Administrator; Joan is an Attorney in private practice; and Lisa is an Investment Banker. Muriel preceded her husband in death. She died of cancer in 1999.
The membership of the 11th Armored Division Association extends sincere sympathy to the family of Edward R. (Ted) Ardery. We honor and respect him as a professional engineer and soldier, a great leader, an exemplary role model, and a patriot a who devoted a lifetime of service to our country.
He will have a funeral service with full military
honors on August 7, 2006, at 11:00 am at Ft. Myer Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA.
Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.