Donald F. “Don” Ritenour

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Donald F. “Don” Ritenour


Major United
States Marine Corps Retired

1953 – 1978

Don was born in Woodstock, Virginia. His graduation from Woodstock High School in 1953 was followed immediately by enlistment in the United States Marine Corps and recruit training at Paris Island, S.C. in November of that year.

Assigned to the 2nd Bn. 2nd Marines as a meat cutter he made several Caribbean Cruises and a Mediterranean Cruise before reenlisting in 1957.

Following his reenlistment he received new orders to Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA for duty as a meat cutter in the Central butcher shop. Subsequent assignments as an NCO in Central Meat Cutting Facilities included tours of duty at MAD, NAS, NATTC, Memphis and MCAS, El Toro, before receiving orders to FLC, Vietnam in December 1965.

Commissioned a 2nd Lt. (temp) in 1966 and subsequently as a temporary LDO and finally permanent LDO, he was assigned as the Food Service Officer, ITR, Camp Lejeune (1966-68); MCAS, New River,(1968-69); MCB, Camp Butler (1969-70); MCRD, Parris Island (1970-72); and Food Service Operations Officer, HQMC (1972-78).

His formal military training and education includes: Advanced Enlisted Course, CLNC 1956; Advanced Food Service Course, CLNC 1964; Food Supervisors Course, Ft. Lee 1967 and Subsistence Officers Course, Ft. Lee 1972.

Upon retirement from the Marine Corps in July 1968, Major Ritenour was employed with ARA Services, later known as ARAMARK Corporation. Between 1978 and 1986, he was Food Service Manager, Xerox Training Center, Library of Congress and Naval Research Laboratory. From 1986 until his retirement in June 2000, he was General Manager of the Pentagon Food Service Program.

His personal decorations include:  Navy Unit Commendation; Good Conduct Medal with two stars; Navy Occupation Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one star; Vietnam Service Medal with three stars; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross with Palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device (60-  ); Certificate of Commendation (2).

Major Ritenour is active in the following organizations: Freemasons (PM); Scottish Rite (32°); Shrine; National Sojourners (Life member); Heroes of ’76; International Order of Job’s Daughters (PAGG of VA); Royal Order of Jesters; Quantico Rod & Gun Club; United Methodist Church; The retired Officers Association (Life member); Marine Corps Mustang Association; and is a Founding Life Member of the  United States Marine Corps Food Service Association. He served two, two year terms as President and is serving as the current President.

Major Ritenour lives in Woodbridge, Virginia and has five grown daughters.