On this day in Alabama history: William Luther Sibert became a brigadier general

On this day in Alabama history: William Luther Sibert became a brigadier general
Lieut. Col. W. L. Sibert; Upper Locks at Gatun Dam in Panama. (Ernest Hallen, University of Washington, Haskin, Frederic J. (1913) Panama Canal, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, Wikimedia)

March 15, 1915

The U.S. Army promoted civil engineer William Luther Sibert to the rank of brigadier general. A native of Etowah County and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Sibert worked on several largescale construction projects over his 40-year military career, including the Panama Canal, the Soo Locks on the Great Lakes and the Hoover Dam. Sibert is known as the “father of the Chemical Corps,” having served as the inaugural commander of Chemical Warfare Service during World War I. In 1923, he returned to Alabama to oversee the $10 million Alabama State Docks project in Mobile. Sibert was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 1961.

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