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William Tredwell Ketcham jr.
Born (1919-08-06)August 6, 1919
Died July 18, 2006(2006-07-18) (aged 86)
Place of death Lawrence, Long Island
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1941–1946
Rank Battalion Commander
Unit 3rd Battalion 24th Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Iwo Jima
Awards Navy Cross
Four Freedoms Award
Other work Sports director

William Tredwell (Treddy) Ketcham Jr. (August 6, 1919 – July 18, 2006) was a United States military in World War II and a sports director in tennis and squash afterwards.


Ketcham was born on August 6, 1919. In 1941 he began study at Yale University, at a time when more and more countries became involved in the Second World War. Shortly after enrolling he interrupted his study to serve as a marine for the United States Armed Forces.

At the beginning of 1945, he commanded the 1st Company 3rd Battalion of the 24th Regiment of the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific War . During the Battle of Iwo Jima he was wounded by a bullet in his arm and shrapnel in his leg. Despite his wounds and loss of blood he refused to be evacuated. With the risk of losing his own life, he led his troops off the strand and launched a successful counterattack against some twenty Japanese soldiers that had been firing upon them.

After the war he graduated from Yale Law School, and worked for the American Secretary of State in London, as a special assistant to the Chairman of NATO. Upon returning to New York City he served for the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He was subsequently hired as a special counsel for IBM until his pension in 1984.

Outside his career, Ketcham was a passionate tennis and squash player. For these sports he worked on the highest administrative ranks. As such he was president of the United States Squash Racquets Association, and for many years director of the International Lawn Tennis Club (USIC).

Next to that he participated in many other boards, like the Saint Nicholas Society, the Riot Relief Fund and the Society of Colonial Wars of the state of New York. Ketcham was from an old New York family. He was a direct descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt .

He died on July 18, 2006, in Lawrence (Long Island).


For his heroic action at Iwo Jima Beach at the beginning of 1945 he was distinguished with the Navy Cross.[1] Furthermore he was mentioned as an exemplary marine at the presentation of the Freedom Medal as well as in the category of Freedom from fear of the Four Freedoms Awards.[2]


  1. Home of Heroes, Full Text Citations For Award of The Navy Cross To U.S. Marines - World War II
  2. Roosevelt Institute, list of winners of the Four Freedoms Awards

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