By Nick Spinelli, Fort Gordon Public AffairsMarch 5, 2012
FORT GORDON, Ga - ( March 2, 2012) A rededication ceremony of the Brig. Gen. Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody Monument/Plaque, the Spanish-American War Monument and the Signal Corps Time Capsule was held Friday at the Fort Gordon Myer Mall.
The monument and time capsule were previously a part of Dunwoody Park in Fort Monmouth, N.J. The move of the memorials occurred after the post was closed due to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission initiative.
"This historic rededication ceremony is a great day that honors the history and heritage of signal Soldiers," Col. Robert A. Barker, Fort Gordon garrison commander, said.
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general and Brig. Gen. Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody's great grand-daughter.
"Thank-you for making this a reality for our Family," she said.
The memorial represents a legacy of service and commitment by one of the great Families in our military history, said Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commander.
Dunwoody is the U.S. Army's first female four-star general. Additionally, her father, brother, and sister have all had distinguished military careers.
"I'm not the only Dunwoody," she said jokingly. "I just happen to be the one at the podium."
During the ceremony, Dunwoody told the gathered audience how proud she was of her Family, and more importantly, how proud they all were of the men and women who serve in the military.
As to what her great-grandfather would have thought, she said. "I know he would be proud that the memorial which bears his name has now sat at two distinguished installations."
Brig. Gen. Dunwoody graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1866 and served in the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1904. In 1872, he became assistant to the Chief Signal Officer, Brig. Gen. Albert Myer. He was instrumental in the meteorological work of the Signal Corps and served during the Spanish-American War.
"I think he would be surprised to be recognized this way," his great-granddaughter said. "He wasn't concerned with being recognized for his contribution."
The Signal Corps Time Capsule was originally buried in 1960, in honor of the Corp's centennial.