National Defense: Cracked Tradition

The same week that he made a civilian a brigadier general, the President broke a prized tradition of the Army—that the crack Corps of Engineers shall be headed by a West Pointer. (West Point was founded in 1802 as a school for engineers exclusively.) Franklin Roosevelt gave the job, vacated by able but aging Major General Julian Schley, to a civil engineering alumnus of peaceful University of Delaware.

New head of the Corps is husky, golfing (middle 70s) Eugene Reybold (pronounced Rye-Bold), who was brought to Washington a year ago by Chief of Staff...

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