On Chief Charles R. Reilley, Marin County Fire Department, World War I & the Distinguished Service Cross...
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award in the United States Army for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.
Did you know that a future Marin County Fire Department Chief was given this award for heroism in combat in World War I in Belgium?
We often say we'll "never forget" heroic acts, and it's clear that the several hundred people who attended his retirement dinner in 1962 had not forgotten. He was highly respected as a Soldier, Fire Chief, and Leader. Fast forward over 50 years later, and it's clear that most or all of the Marin County fire service had forgotten. This is yet another example why we are assembling this historical collection - so we'll remember. Visit Chief Reilly's page on Monday, and see some very special documentation.
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