Henry J. Reilly

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Henry J. Reilly (1881–1963) was an American soldier and journalist. The son of an artillery officer who died in the 1900 Battle of Peking,[1] Reilly graduated from West Point in 1904. During World War I, he commanded the 83rd Infantry Brigade of the 42nd ("Rainbow") Division in combat in France.[2] After the war, he edited the Army and Navy Journal from 1921 to 1925.[3] He wrote several books, including Why Preparedness? (1916), based on what he had seen on Europe's eastern and western fronts in 1914 and 1915; America's Part (1926); and Americans All: History of the Rainbow Division (1936), which described the division's military actions, including stories about soldiers and officers from private to general.[3]

Reilly became well known as a speaker on military affairs. He served as a war correspondent, covering conflicts in Poland, Spain, Albania, and France.[2] In 1922, he helped found the Reserve Officers Association and served as its first president. Today, the association has a scholarship named after him.[4][5]

He was an avid reader whose library is now part of the collection of the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Illinois.


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