Reese, Benjamin Charles, CW4

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
461A-Airdrop Equipment Repair Technician
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1969, 761A, Headquarters Command, Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA/HHC, Infantry School
Service Years
1939 - 1969

Quartermaster Corps

Chief Warrant Officer 4


Four Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Last Address
Columbus, GA

Date of Passing
Mar 19, 2009
 
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 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere




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CW4 (Ret) Benjamin Charles Reese
February 28, 1917 - March 19, 2009
 COLUMBUS, GA  Benjamin Charles Reese, 92, of Columbus, Georgia, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died on March 19, 2009. Mr. Reese died peacefully at Columbus Hospice after a short illness and was surrounded by family. Visitation will take place at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road, on March 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. March 25, 2009, at the Airborne Walk at Ft. Benning's Eubanks Field., followed by interment at the Main Post Cemetery. Mr. Reese was born on February 28, 1917 in Early County, Georgia to Charles and Genevieve Reese and grew up in Jakin, Georgia. He graduated from Jakin High School in 1934 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1939. Mr. Reese served proudly and with honor as a member of the original Airborne Test Platoon that pioneered U.S. Army airborne operations. His World War II service with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, included combat jumps into Normandy and Holland. Additionally, he served with the 65th Infantry Regiment in the Korean War. Mr. Reese continued serving his nation for more than 30 years, retiring in 1969 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four from the Infantry School at Ft. Benning. His awards include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge (2d Award) and Parachutist's Wings with Combat Stars. After retirement from the Army, Mr. Reese served as an instructor at the Military Occupational Specialty Supply/Logistics Course, Ft. Benning for an additional 13 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Verne Reese, two sons, Benjamin S. Reese (Yvonne) of Ft. Mitchell and Chaplain (Colonel) David Reese (Alice) currently of Washington, D.C., and three grandchildren, Bill Reese (Kelly) of Atlanta, Amy Dismukes (Derryl) of Columbus, and Caitlin Reese of Franklin Springs, GA. The family would like to give special thanks to Martin Army Community Hospital and the Columbus Hospice House for the extraordinary care given during his final days and to those who came alongside them in prayer. They would also like to thank the members of the 1/507 Parachute Infantry Regiment for providing military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages those who desire to make a contribution in Mr. Reese's name to do so to the charity of their choice.

   
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

Master Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment
Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1939-1940, 745, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1940-1945, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1943-1945, 745, 101st Airborne Division
  1950-1952, 1745, 2nd Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment
  1965-1969, 761A, Headquarters Command, Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA/HHC, Infantry School
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Killer
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Outpost Kelly
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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