Former Fort Devens commander to speak at museum
Telegram.com, Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 5:04 PM
DEVENS – Retired Col. Forest S. Rittgers Jr., commander of Fort Devens from 1975 to 1979, will reminisce about his years at the Army installation in a program at Fort Devens Museum at 1 p.m. July 18.
He will talk about how Fort Devens worked through some troubled years for the United States, after the fall of Saigon in 1975 at the close of the Vietnam War. It’s also a chance for the many people in the area who trained, worked, or lived at Fort Devens during Col Rittgers’ tenure to meet him again.
Col. Rittgers served in Vietnam. In the early days of the war, he was senior adviser to the South Vietnamese 47th Separate Regiment. In 1969 and 1970 he commanded two elements of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division. After serving at Fort Devens, Col. Rittgers became a senior army adviser to the New York Army National Guard.