John B. Reid, 86, proofreader, WWII veteran

April 10, 2004

John B. Reid, a retired printing firm proofreader and decorated World War II veteran, died of cancer April 3 at his Timonium home. He was 86.

Born in New York City and raised in East Orange, N.J., he left home at 18 to sail in the merchant marine. Family members said he sailed aboard the SS Zarembo, crossed the Atlantic, called at the west coast of Africa and sailed up the Congo River.

In 1941 he enlisted in the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. Trained in parachute jumping, he made 13 jumps. He served in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, France, Belgium, England and Germany.

On Jan. 21, 1945, while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was wounded and evacuated to England. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and attained the rank of first lieutenant. He later served in the Korean War. After the World War II, he moved to Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood. He became a proofreader at the Port City Press in Northwest Baltimore and retired in 1985.

Mr. Reid was interested in family history. He located and corresponded with a cousin in what had been East Germany.

He was a member of the 551st Parachute Infantry Association and the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore.

A Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Shirley Ann Senner; three sons, J. Timothy Reid of Ellicott City, Michael Reid of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Patrick Reid of Perry Hall; two daughters, Kathleen Eichelberger of Annapolis and Maureen Reid of Hampstead; and nine grandchildren.

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