Army South honors former assistant superintendent of Army Nurse Corps in remembrance ceremony
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Army South Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion and the 56th Signal Battalion wanted to recognize Capt. Elizabeth Dumbar Reid’s many accomplishments on the eve of the 76th anniversary of her death. Soldiers of both battalions paid tribute to Reid, during a remembrance ceremony held in front of the building originally dedicated in her memory in 1937.
U.S. Army South wanted to take a moment to honor and remember the history of the newly retrofitted building the unit’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion now resides in along with the 56th Signal Battalion, during a ceremony held here March 2 in building 1001.
“I wanted to know more about whose name was on the building and why,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Luis A. Gonzalez, command sergeant major for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army South “So I started asking some questions and found out about Captain Reid.”
Building 1001 was built in 1935 as the installation's hospital dormitory for Army nurses. It was officially designated Reid Hall in 1937, in memory of the late Capt. Reid, formerly the assistant superintendent for the Army Nurse Corps.
Capt Reid was awarded the Médaille d'Honneur des Épidémies by the French government for “unlimited devotion and a remarkable professional skill during an epidemic of influenza among French Soldiers in the Army of the Rhine in the spring of 1921.” Reid was born June 23, 1880 and died March 4, 1936.
Reid’s remembrance photos were unveiled by Lt. Col. Charles A. Walters, the HHBN commander, Lt. Col. Kevin L. Griggs, the battalion commander for the 56th Signal Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Luis A. Gonzalez, and Capt. Peter McDonald, the battalion Chaplain for the 56th Signal Battalion. The photos will be permanently on display in the lobby of Reid Hall.