Harford History

December 24, 2006

1965: general's career comes to an end

On Dec. 31, 1965, after 64 years of outstanding military service, Lt. Gen. Milton A. Reckord retired.

Reckord was born in Harford County on Dec. 28, 1879. In 1901, he graduated from Bel Air High School and enlisted as a private in the Maryland National Guard in Bel Air.

Two years later, as commander of his company, he was promoted to captain. He became a major in 1906, then colonel in 1918.

In World War I, Reckord was in command of the 115th Infantry, and in 1920 he was appointed Maryland's adjutant general. During World War II, he was appointed commanding general of the Third Corps area. As provost marshal of the European Theatre of Operations, he was in charge of enforcement of military law in the invasion zone.

Reckord's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, two French Croix de Guerre with Palms, the Bronze Star, and the French Legion of Honor.

He died in 1975 and was buried in the Mountain Christian Church cemetery.

[ Source: Our Harford Heritage by C. Milton Wright. Research by Harford County Public Library]

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