George William Reyer, MD


George Reyer

Col. George Reyer (1893-1976) graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1917. During World War II, he commanded the 300th General Hospital Unit, which consisted of doctors and nurses from Vanderbilt University and the Nashville, Tennessee community.

George Reyer

Wallace School --Nashville -1912
Vanderbilt University--Engineering--1912-1913
Vanderbilt University-- Medical School--1913-1917 M.D. 1917

At Vanderbilt, Colonel Reyer was president of his medical senior class and was the center for the illustrious 1915-football team.George Reyer's write-up in the 1917 "Commodore" is the longest one in the book, it reads as follows:

  • George William Reyer
  • Vanderbilt M.D. 1917
  • President Senior Class
  • Chairman Commodore Board 1916-1917 Witherspoon Club
  • Commodore Club
  • Sergeant-at-Arms, Quill Club
  • Owl Club
  • Dramatic Club '15 '16 '17
  • Varsity Football '12 '13 '14 '15 '16
  • Basketball '12 '13 '14 '15 '16
  • Track Team '13 '14 '15 '16
  • Class Baseball '13 '14 '15 '16
  • Cross Town Walkers '13 '14 '15 '16 '17
  • Mule Club

Following his graduation Reyer was commissioned First Lieutenant, Medical Corps. U.S. Army. He was promoted to Captain in 1919, to major in 1921, to Lt. Colonel in 1939 and Colonel in 1942. He served in the Philippine Islands from 1921 to 1923, Tientsen, China from 1929 to 1932, as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Vanderbilt University from 1937 to 1940. He assumed command of the 300th General Hospital in 1942, a post he held with distinction throughout the war.

He returned to the United States in August 1945. He was awarded the Cross-of the Crown of Italy. He was commanding officer of William Beaumont General Hospital from 1945 until his departure for Japan in 1948, where he served as commander of Tokyo General Hospital for two years before his retirement. Among other awards, he received the Legion of Merit and the Commendation Medal.

Colonel Reyer in Italy

Col. George Reyer arriving in Italy
Colonel Reyer and the 300th arriving in Italy November 1943.
Brigadere General Hugh Morgan and Colonel Reyer
Brigadere General Hugh Morgan and Colonel Reyer

Colonel Reyer died on March 13, 1976 in El Paso, Texas. His bequest to Vanderbilt Medical School was designated as a loan fund for deserving medical students.

The Eskind Library also has a collection of papers related to the 300th General Hospital Unit and Dr. George Reyer. For more information, please consult the Inventory of the 300th General Hospital Unit Collection.