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Russell “Red” Reeder Jr.; Army Officer, Novelist

Russell “Red” Reeder Jr., 95, a career Army officer who turned his experience into 40 historical novels. One of his novels, “Bring Up the Brass,” was made into the film “The Long Gray Line” starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara. Another, “The Mackenzie Raid,” was the basis of the 1958-59 television series “The Mackenzie Raiders” starring Richard Carlson. He developed his interest in writing during World War II when he was ordered to write a report about the lessons soldiers and Marines learned fighting Japanese troops. On Sunday in Washington of congestive heart failure.


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