Reece, James E., III, SGT

Infantry (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Infantry
Current/Last Primary MOS
11B30-Infantry Squad/Section Leader
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1976-1977, 11B30, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment/B Company
Previously Held MOS
72B-Communications Center Specialist
72E-Communications Teletype Operator
71L10-Administrative Specialist
72E-Tactical Telecommunications Center Operator
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1970 - 1977
Foreign Language(s)
French
Korean
Spanish
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord USA - Republic of Korea (ROK) Combined Forces Command Career Counselor MARS Radio AB8AN




 Unofficial Badges 

Signal Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Recruiters Ring Cold War Veteran

Army Civilian Retired Lapel Pin Air Force Retired


 Military Association Memberships
Military Auxilary Radio SystemPost 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones PostAir Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)Army Together We Served
TWS Living History TeamTWS Memorial Team
  1971, Military Auxilary Radio System [Verified]
  2013, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post (Member) (Wilmington, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) - Assoc. Page
  2014, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2015, TWS Living History Team
  2017, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

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1970-1977 with 7.6 years Active USA, 1985 to 2009 USAFR.


James Elmo Reece III, beloved husband and devoted father, is the son of James Elmo Reece Jr, Grandson to James Elmo Reece Sr, Great Grandson to William Ervin Reece, all of Wilmngton, NC.

He is the brother of Thomas(Tom) Mark Reece, Wilmington, NC and Diane Marie Reece Boyd Wilmington, NC.

Married Charlene Kay Flowers of Tacoma, WA in 1977 and divorced in 1987. Had one daughter, Chelsie Iris Reece of Tacoma, WA in 1984. He later married Elanne Joy Bender of Soap Lake, Washington on 24 Oct 1987 and has two daughters with her, Shaunna Danette Reece and Doni Shereen Reece.  He has 6 grandsons, Jimmy Myers by Chelsie Reece and Kyler Deckert, Joshua Deckert and Kori Deckert by Doni Reece and Wyatt James Baird and Jayden Baird by Shaunna Reece. 

Born in Glendale, CA, left at the age of 1, and lived the next twenty years in Wilmington, NC. Atternded St Mary's School 1954 to 1963. Graduated from NHHS in 1969 and promptly joined the Army. I got tired of walking, left the Army and joined the US Air Force, retired as a First Sergeant in 2009. Lifetime member of the VFW and the USAF Sergeants Association. I followed in the footsteps of my Father and Grandfather by working as a Firefighter and Civil Servant until my retirement in 2004. After retirement in 2004, I moved to Maui. Left Maui in June 2011 and settled in my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina close to my only Brother and only Sister. Playing more golf and not getting any better except now I play from the Senior Tees. I got sick from Pulmonary Emboli and left Wilmington to be close to my daughters. Living in East Wenatchee, WA now. You really "can't" go home.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1970, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Bragg, NC), A/1
 Unit Assignments
United States Army Signal/Training Center & Ft. GordonUS Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)US Army Pacific (USARPAC)/US Army Hawaii1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
125th Signal BattalionU.S. Army79th Transportation BattalionSignal Units
36th Signal Battalion3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
  1970-1970, 72B, United States Army Signal/Training Center & Ft. Gordon
  1970-1971, 72E, US Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)/STRATCOM Schofield Barracks
  1971-1972, 72E, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)/US Army Hawaii
  1972-1973, 71L10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
  1973-1973, 72E, A Company, 125th Signal Battalion
  1973-1973, 72E, NCO Education System (NCOES) Advanced Course
  1973-1975, 71L10, 79th Transportation Battalion/HHC
  1975-1975, 72E, 293rd Signal Company
  1975-1976, 72E, 36th Signal Battalion/501st Signal Company
  1976-1977, 11B30, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment/B Company
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Fort Steilacoom Community CollegePierce CollegeCommunity College of the Air Force
  1981-1983, Fort Steilacoom Community College
  1983-1986, Pierce College
  2002-2003, Community College of the Air Force
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