SFC Robert L. Reed (USA-Ret.) of Augusta, Georgia, has been identified as the 100,000th individual donor to the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army.
Reed’s gift, contributed in response to a direct mail packet inviting him to become a Museum Founding Sponsor, was recorded by the Foundation on November 24, 2012.
“We are just as grateful to SFC Reed for his recent gift as we are appreciative of the generosity of all earlier donors whose gifts have helped us reach this historic milestone,” said Richard Couture, Deputy Executive Director for Donor Marketing. “It’s a telling signal that the generosity of our growing list of founding sponsors will ensure the ultimate success of the Museum project.”
Reed enlisted in the Army in 1951 and completed his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., before shipping to Korea, where he served with the 5th Regimental Combat Team, initially as an infantryman and earning the Combat Infantryman Badge. Because he had been a preparations cook in Fresno prior to enlisting, he was eventually tapped for duty as a cook for front line troops .
He remained in Army food service until assigned to Germany in 1956. Seeking promotion opportunities beyond E4, he retrained as a communications specialist and spent the remainder of his Army career in the Signal Corps. Assignments included a second tour in Korea with the 7th Infantry (Bayonet) Division; a year in Vietnam with the 53rd Signal Battalion, II Field Force, as a system control sergeant; and an assignment to the Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia before retiring in March 1971.
After retiring, Reed and his wife Alice remained in the Fort Gordon area, where he converted an old hospital ward building into a TV repair and rental business, operating it until 1985.
“At that point I got itchy feet and we headed northwest where I worked until 2004 as a tour guide at Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks,” Reed said during a recent telephone interview.
Now back in Augusta, Reed was surprised to learn that he had been identified as the Museum’s 100,000th donor. Until he received his Founding Sponsor invitation, he wasn’t aware of the Museum project and the fact that it will include a Korean War exhibit.
“I really like the idea of the Museum. It’s important to me, especially since it will have a Korean War exhibit to inform people of the ‘Forgotten War’ we fought in Korea, just like the Korean War Memorial in Washington does,” Reed noted. “I’m glad my gift will help keep the Museum project going.”