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News: 07/01/2016

Battle of the Bulge veteran is this year’s parade Grand Marshal

Bob Reid
Decorated veteran Bob Reid of Oakmont is this year’s 4th of July Hometown Parade Grand Marshal.

The 2016 4th of July Kenwood Hometown Parade is honoring World War II veteran Bob Reid as Grand Marshal.

Reid, an Oakmont resident and a member of the Kiwanis Club, served in Europe in the 84th Infantry Division, and was involved in major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He has written a book about his experiences, Never Tell an Infantryman to have a Nice Day. Reid earned a Bronze Star, as well as other decorations, during his service.

After being discharged, Reid attended U.C. Berkley for one year taking pre-dental courses, and then spent four years at what is now the University of the Pacific Dental School. He practiced dentistry for many years in Castro Valley and in Gualala.

Raised in Martinez, Reid met his future wife, Maurine, in 1943 while he was at Lehigh University. They eventually married in 1946, and raised two children, Steve and Barbara. Maurine passed away in 2000. Reid currently has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who keep him busy, and is still an avid bridge player.

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