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Eugene Reybold
Lieutenant General Eugene Reybold
Born (1884-02-13)February 13, 1884
Died November 21, 1961(1961-11-21) (aged 77)
Place of birth Delaware City, Delaware
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1908–1946
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Engineers (1941-1945)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)

Eugene Reybold (February 13, 1884 – November 21, 1961) was distinguished as the World War II Chief of Engineers who directed the largest United States Army Corps of Engineers in the nation's history.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Reybold was born February 13, 1884 in Delaware City, Delaware and he graduated from Delaware College in 1903.

Commissioned in the Coast Artillery Corps in 1908, Reybold was assigned to military housing and coast defense construction work. Stationed at Fort Monroe throughout World War I, he became commandant of the Coast Artillery School in 1919. He then transferred to the Corps of Engineers in 1926 and served as District Engineer in Buffalo, New York; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Memphis, Tennessee.

In the last assignment he successfully battled record Mississippi River flood crests. He was appointed Southwestern Division Engineer (1937–40) and War Department Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 (1940–41). Appointed Chief of Engineers shortly before Pearl Harbor, General Reybold directed the Corps' tremendous range of activities throughout the war and became the first Army officer ever to attain the rank of Lieutenant General while serving in the position of Chief of Engineers.

General Reybold retired on January 31, 1946, and died November 21, 1961, in Washington, D.C.

He was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

References[edit | edit source]

This article contains public domain text from "Lieutenant General Eugene Reybold". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050306124500/http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/history/coe3.htm#38. Retrieved August 24, 2005. 

Military offices
Preceded by
Julian Larcombe Schley
Chief of Engineers
1941—1945
Succeeded by
Raymond A. Wheeler

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