Fort Rucker officials honor fallen hero
August 6, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Family members and post officials honored the late retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ben Reynolds here July 29 with a plaque and room dedication ceremony.
Reynolds, who served here as a drill instructor in 1966 when the post was called Camp Rucker, was killed in a car accident Feb. 9.
"He would have been very proud to see this today," Helen said. "He may have been retired for many years, but his heart was still with the Army."
Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, and Gail Hall, Reynolds' daughter, unveiled the picture and plaque featuring news articles about Reynolds.
"For me, it's an honor to do this," Barclay said. "This room has always been the (commanding general's) classroom. I've got 218 classrooms all over this post, so I wanted to make this room the Command Sergeant Major Reynolds classroom. It's a small token, but I think it's one that helps us remember him and what he meant to this country."
Reynolds joined the Army in 1954 in Opp, Ala., and served for more than 20 years as an infantryman.
He served in multiple tours of Vietnam and was awarded two Silver Stars and four Bronze Stars during that time.
In October 2009 he had a Bronze Star with V device upgraded to a Silver Star. Barclay and Congressman Bobby Bright, D-Ala., presented him with the award here.
"We're all very honored by this," Helen said. "I know if Ben could be here today, he'd be honored, too."