Col. Russell "Red" Reeder
(March 4, 1902 - February 22, 1998)

Red Reeder was born on an Army post and spent virtually his entire life living and working on or near a military installation, even after his forced retirement for wounds received during the Normandy Invasion. He has authored over thirty books on military heroes and history, sports heroes, and leadership.

Articles About Red Reeder
USMA Association Of Graduates - Distinguished Graduate Award '97
USMA Association Of Graduates - A Lifetime Of Achievement '97
President Clinton's remarks at D-Day 50th Anniversary (Normandy, France)
VP Gore's remarks at D-Day 50th Anniversary (Arlington, VA)
Red Reeder's Last Inning - by Dale E. Hruby '58

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Born At Reveille - Memoirs of an American Soldier

by Colonel Red Reeder
U.S.A., Retired

"... a fascinating story of the life of one of our outstanding leaders. Colonel Red Reeder's frank and unfailing good-humored autobiography tells what it was like to grow up on Army posts from Hawaii to Maine. Born at Reveille above all shows how a man learns to lead and what forces shape the talent for command. I recommend his book to the attention of Americans young and old."
Omar N. Bradley
General of the Army

From the Born At Reveille liner notes:

His vivid memories recounted here include the colorful and wonderful boyhood heroes of the peacetime Army, his decided preference for athletics over studies, his resulting academic struggles at West Point, his wartime service on General Marshall's staff, in the Pacific (awarded the Legion of Merit) and at Normandy (awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart), and the dual careers he started at the Academy afterwards as assistant athletic director and author.

As Colonel Reeder became enmeshed in wartime duties, a philosophy of leadership emerged, reinforced by lessons learned on Guadalcanal: lead from the front; train to high standards; be physically fit; listen to your men. This philosophy paid dividends at Normandy, and later, at the request of General Eisenhower, formed the basis for the first formal wartime leadership instruction at West Point. Although an enemy shell ended his career as a combat leader. Red's contributions continued-touching the lives of countless cadets and through his thirty five books, generations of Americans.

Earlier this year, at ceremonies in Washington, D.C. commemorating the fiftieth anniverary of the Normandy invasion, Red Reeder proudly stood alongside Senator Strom Thurmond, who landed by glider at St. Mere Eglise, and actor Charles Durning, who won the Silver Star as part of the first wave onto "Bloody Omaha," receiving accolades from a grateful nation. Lest we forget, Vermont Heritage Press proudly presents this revised edition of
Colonel Red Reeder's Born at Reveille: Memoirs of an Americon Soldier.



Other Books by Colonel Red Reeder

West Point Plebe
West Point Yearling
West Point Second Classman
West Point First Classman
Clint Lane in Korea
2nd Lieutenant Clint Lane: West Point to Berlin
Attack at Fort Lookout
Whispering Wind
The Sheriff of Hat Creek
The Mackenzie Raid
(Became the TV series The Mackenzie Raiders)
The Story of the Civil War
The Story of the Revolutionary War
The Story of the War of 1812
Pointers on Athletics
Sheridan: The General Who Wasn't Afraid to Take A Chance
The Story of the First World War
The Northern Generals
The Southern Generals
Ulysses S. Grant
Medal of Honor Heroes
Born at Reveille
The Story of the Spanish-American War
The Story of the Mexican War
Dwight D. Eisenhower- Fighter for Peace
The Story of World War II (in two volumes)
Omar N. Bradley - The Soldier's General
Heroes and Leaders of West Point
The Story of the French and Indian War
Bold Leaders of the American Revolution
Bold Leaders of World War I

With Nardi Reeder Campion

The West Point Story
Bringing up the Brass
(Made into the movie The Long Grey Line)

Web Resources

The Long Gray Line - review at E!Online
The Long Gray Line - review at DVD Verdict
The Long Gray Line - review at Chicago Reader
The Long Gray Line - review at IMDB (lists Red Reeder cameo appearance!)
The Long Gray Line DVD at
The Long Gray Line items on eBay

Red Reeder items on eBay
Red Reeder books available at Advanced Book Exchange
Bringing Up The Brass -and- Born At Reveille available at DUSA Gift Shop / West Point Museum


  Last updated: March 19, 2004