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Last Address Columbus, GA
Date of Passing Mar 19, 2009
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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.
Other Memories S.O. #127, Hq., 29th Infantry,July 1,1940, Contd.
5. Pursuant to authority granted by letter Headquarters The Infantry School, file N°580, subject : Test Platoon for duty with Infantry Board, dated July 1, 1940, the following named officer end enlisted men of the 29th Infantry are detailed on special duty with the Infantry Board, Fort Benning, Georgia, and will report to the president thereof for duty : - 001 - First Lieutenant William T. Ryder, 29th Infantry - 002 - Sergeant John M. Haley, 6375843, A Co - 003 - Sergeant Benedict F. Jacquay, 6657783, C Co - 004 - Sergeant Grady A. Roberts, 6382894, D Co - 005 - Sergeant Robert B. Wade, 6372146, F Co - 006 - Sergeant Norman J. McCullough, 6379058, M Co - 007 - Sergeant Lemuel T. Pitts, 6395609, B Co - 008 - Private Farrish F. Cornelius, 6399726, Hqs Co - 009 - Private 1cl Specl 6th Cl, Obie C. Wilson, 6966171, Hqs Co - 010 - Private 1cl Specl 6th Cl, Donald L. Colee, 6393903, S Co - 011 - Private William N. King, 6391164, Hqs&Hqs Det, 1st Bn, - 012 - Private 1cl Addison L. Houston, 6384962, A Co - 013 - Private 1cl Mitchel Guilbeau, 6399296, A Co - 014 - Private 1cl Joseph L. Peters, 6399384, A Co - 015 - Private Thad P. Selman, 6971792, B Co - 016 - Private Hugh A. Tracy, 7003685, B Co - 017 - Private Jules Corbin, 6386052, A Co - 018 - Private Joseph P. Doucet, 6387916, C Co - 019 - Private 1cl Louie E. Davis, 6966798, C Co - 020 - Private 1cl Johnnie A. Ellis, 6967763, C Co - 021 - Private Specl 6th Cl, Robert H. Poudert, 6972398, D Co - 022 - Private Sydney C. Kerksis, 6388134, D Co - 023 - Private 1cl 4th Cl Tyerus F. Adams, xxxxxxx, D Co - 024 - Private 1cl Tullis Nolin, 6927494, Hqs&Hqs Det, 2nd Bn - 025 - Private 1cl Benjamin C. Reese, 6969901, E Co - 026 - Private 1cl Raymond G. Smith, 6387925, E Co - 027 - Private 1cl Willie F. Brown, 6398865, E Co - 028 - Private 1cl Thurman L. Weaks, 6966916, F Co - 029 - Private 1cl Specl 6th Cl, John M. Kitchens, 6394975, F Co - 030 - Private 1cl Louie O. Skipper, 6963804, F Co - 031 - Private 1cl Specl 6th Cl Alsie L. Rutland, 6963778, G Co - 032 - Private Frank Kasell Jr, 6971611, G Co - 033 - Private Robert E. Shepherd, 6970055, G Co - 034 - Private 1cl Specl 4th Cl, John F. Pursley Jr, 6396514, H Co - 035 - Private 1cl Lest C. McLaney, 6966537, H Co - 036 - Private Specl 6th Cl, Aubrey Eberhardt, 6920642, H Co - 037 - Private Ernest L. Dilburn, 6392470, Hqs&Hqs Det, 3rd Bn, - 038 - Private Leo C. Brown, 6384060, I Co - 039 - Private Specl 6th Cl, Albert P. Robinson, 6972295, I Co - 040 - Private 1cl Floy Brukhalter, 6966963, I Co - 041 - Private 1cl Edward Martin, 6963787, K Co - 042 - Private John O. Modiset, 6395976, K Co - 043 - Private Code E. Barnett Jr, 6928902, K Co - 044 - Private John E. Borom, 6393663, L Co - 045 - Private 1cl Specl 6th Cl George W. Ivy, 6399227, L Co - 046 - Private 1cl Specl 4th Cl John A. Ward, 6379123, L Co - 047 - Private Sepcl 6th Cl Steve Voils Jr, 6967738, M Co - 048 - Private Specl 6th Cl Richard J. Kelly, 6928566, L Co - 049 - Private Bura M. Tisdale, 6394981, M Co