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, HHC, Infantry School, Headquarters Command, Infantry Center, Fort Benning, GA
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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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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WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
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June / 1944
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June / 1944

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The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June. However, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.
   
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June / 1944
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  368 Also There at This Battle:
  • Accattato, Rocco, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Amerman, Walter G., CPT
  • Bald Eagle, David William, Sgt, (1936-1944)
  • Battaglia, John, Pvt, (1942-1945)
  • Beck, Carl, M/Sgt, (1942-1963)
  • Belan, Elmer, T/5, (1943-1948)
  • Bolling, Alexander Russell, MG, (1939-1973)
  • Brooks, Elton E., 1LT
  • Brown (MOH), Robert Evan, CPT, (1918-1952)
  • Bush, William Douglas, 1LT, (1942-1951)
  • Clemente, Frank, MAJ, (1942-1945)
  • Coe, Jim, Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Collins C, Glenn, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Crager, Howard, LTC, (1942-1945)
  • Derasmo, Anthony, PFC, (1943-1946)
  • Ecker, Charles D, T/5, (1941-1945)
  • Edlin, Robert Thomas, CPT, (1934-1954)
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