Reece, James E., III, SGT

Infantry (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
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Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1976-1977, 11B30, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry
Previously Held MOS
72E10-Tactical Telecommunications Center Operator
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1970 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition


Two Service Stripes

 Official Badges 

Career Counselor Infantry Shoulder Cord USA - Republic of Korea (ROK) Combined Forces Command 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 Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Auxilary Radio SystemPost 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones PostAir Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)Army Together We Served
TWS Living History TeamTWS Memorial TeamATWS Advisory Group
  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]
  2019, ATWS Advisory Group [Verified]

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What are you doing now:

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. Later married Elanne Joy Bender of Soap Lake, Washington on 24 Oct 1987 and has a daughter with her, Doni Shereen Reece.  He has 4 grandsons, Jimmy Myers by Chelsie Reece and Kyler Deckert, Joshua Deckert and Kory Deckert. 

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 daughter. 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
  1970, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Gordon, GA), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)US Army Hawaii, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)1st Battalion, 5th Infantry125th Signal Battalion
U.S. Army79th Transportation BattalionSignal Units3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry
  1970-1971, 72E10, STRATCOM Schofield Barracks, US Army Strategic Communications Command (USA STRATCOM)
  1971-1972, 72E10, US Army Hawaii, US Army Pacific (USARPAC)
  1972-1973, 71L10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
  1973-1973, 72E10, A Company, 125th Signal Battalion
  1973-1973, 72E10, NCO Education System (NCOES) Advanced Course
  1973-1975, 71L10, HHC, 79th Transportation Battalion
  1975-1975, 72E10, 293rd Signal Company
  1975-1976, 72E10, 501st Signal Company
  1976-1977, 11B30, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry
 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 made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is 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?
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 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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