Kreis, Robert, T/5

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Last Rank
Technician Fifth Grade
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
578-Observation Station Operator Coast Artillery
Last MOS Group
Coastal Artillery Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1943 - 1949
Foreign Language(s)
German
Vietnamese
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Army Signal Corps Affiliation Certificate
Cold War Certificate

Technician Fifth Grade


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
CARDINGTON
Last Address
3728 NORTH COUNTRY DRIVE
ANTELOPE CALIFORNIA, 95843

Date of Passing
Jun 21, 1986
 
Location of Interment
Calvary Catholic Cemetery - Sacramento, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified


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 Official Badges 

National Defense University Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII) Honorably Discharged WW II National Communications Service

MARS Radio AB8AN


 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Engineer Shoulder Cord Signal Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

Cold War Veteran Army Civilian Retired Lapel Pin Air Force Retired Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Vietnam 50th Anniversary American Advisor (Vietnam)


 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 28Post Army Engineer Association (AEA)Northern California Chapter
Air Force Association (AFA)Army Together We Served
  1949, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 28 (Member) (Cambridge, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1950, American Legion, Post (Member) (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1960, Army Engineer Association (AEA) - Assoc. Page
  1966, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Northern California Chapter (Vacaville, California)
  1982, Air Force Association (AFA) - Assoc. Page
  2014, Army Together We Served [Verified]


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Last Known Activity
ROBERT JAMES KREIS WAS - 855 GS-13, SUPERVISORY, AVIONICS ENGINEER, WORKING FOR McCULLEN AIR FORCE BASE. HE WAS THE SUPERVISING ENGINEER FOR THE F-111-C AIRCRAFT. AND THE MODIFICATIONS, TO INCLUDE RETROFITTING AVIONICS, FOR THE EMBEDDED COMPUTER SYSTEM,  HE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNICATION SUPPORT OF THAT AIRCRAFT PROJECT. HE WAS STATIONED THERE FOR ONE YEAR BEFORE HIS UNTIMELY DEATH ON JUNE 21, 1986. HE WAS ADMIRED BY HIS CO-WORKERS AS WELL AS HIS EMPLOYEE'S THAT HE SUPERVISED, ALSO SUPPORTING THEM AS A FRIEND AS WELL AS A SUPERVISOR.

PREVIOUSLY STATIONED AT NORTON AIR FORCE BASE AS A ELECTRONIC SUPERVISORY - ENGINEER, GM-855, 13, FOR THE ARC - 111-C- , (F-11-C), AIRCRAFT, RETRO-FITTING AIRCRAFT FOR EMBEDDED MICRO-CHIP PROGRAM AT NORTON BASE. FROM 1981 THRU 1985. THE BASE CLOSURE SEND THE WORKLOAD, WITH THE TEAM AND MR. KREIS TO McCLULEN AIR FORCE BASE  CONTINUINING THE MODIFICATION WORK AS THEY'RE SPECIALIZATION IN THIS FIELD, WAS CRUTIAL. ALL OF THE TECS  INCLUDING MR. KREIS WERE ESPECIALLY ESSENTIAL TO THE PROJECT AND TO IT'S COMPLETE ON FOR ANY AND ALL DEADLINES, FOR FY-86..

UNFORTUNATELY ON JUNE 21, 1986, MR. KREIS SERICUM TO HEART FAILURE, (HEART ATTACK), AT HIS RESIDENCE. ANTELOPE, CALIFORNIA AND HE WAS INTERNED AT CAVALRY CATHOLIC CEMETERY IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.  THE ENTIRE ENGINEERING STAFF AS WELL AS THE  McCULLEN STAFF ATTENDED HIS FUNERAL, HE WAS MUCH LOVED AND ADMIRED.  DURING THE YEAR HE WORKED AT McCULLEN, HE HAD BEEN TDY FROM NORTON AF BASE AND MADE MANY CONTACTS AT THE BASE AND HAD MADE MANY FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES.

  

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MR. KREIS WAS ON SEVERAL ASSIGNMENTS OF RETROFITTING THE ARC-111 AIRCRAFT WITH UP-TO-DATE AVIONICS AND ENGINEERING. MR. KREIS WAS ALSO A  PILOT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND KNEW THE AIRCRAFT QUITE WELL. 

MR. KREIS ALSO SERVED IN THE ARMY SIGNAL CORPS, 1943-1946, ALSO, THREE YEARS WITH THE INACTIVE READY RESERVES, (IRR), 1946 THRU 1949 AND  WAS PROMOTED TO, PFC, THEN HE WAS THEN DISCHARGED ON 31 JANUARY 1949. FOR A TOTAL OF 6 YEARS DURING THE WORLD WAR II. IN DEFENSE OF THE COASTAL HABOR - SITES AND PROTECTION OF THOSE SIGHTS. HE WAS A  "HAM RADIO OPERATOR", ALSO, LEGALLY BLIND IN ONE EYE, HIS SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE  AND USE OF,  MORES CODE,  ENABLED THIS MEDICAL ISSUE TO BE WAIVED AND HE JOINED THE U.S. ARMY'S SIGNAL CORPS. HE ALSO EARNED A COLLEGE DEGREE IN BROADCASTING ENGINEERING IN 1948.

  MR. KREIS SERVED AS A - G.M. 15,  BROADCASTING ENGINEER FOR  "RCA"  IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, VIETNAM, ATTACHED TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY,   ARMED FORCES, FROM 1967 THRU 1969.  DURING THE TET -  OFFENSE UNTIL THE, ONE YEAR (JANUARY 1968 THRU JUNE 1969),  COMPLETION OF THE 3 YEAR PROJECT, IN SOUTHERN VIETNAM FOR THE SOUTH - VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. 

MR. KREIS SR., DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY BRING TELEVISION AND RADIO  COMMUNICATIONS TO SOUTH VIETNAM,  DURING THE TET-OFFENSIVE, 1968 -1969. AND THE TOTAL HOSTILITIES, FROM 1967 THRU 1968 THRU 1969,  THREE, (3), YEARS.

MR. ROBERT JAMES KREIS, (BOB),  WAS AWARDED THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE MEDAL, II  ND CLASS FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK DURING THESE THREE YEARS DURING HOSTILE TIMES.  ALSO, BY BRINGING RADIO & TELEVISION TO SOUTH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE  AND GOVERNMENT. ALSO HE WAS AWARDED THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, ("CIVILIAN"), FOR SERVICE IN VIETNAM, 1967 THRU 1968 AND THRU 1969.. HE WAS AWARDED BY THE "MINISTER OF INFORMATION", FOR MR. KREIS'S OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE , THE PHYSIOLOGICAL MEDAL II HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SOUTH VINEATMISE MINISTER OF INFORMATION,  SHALL NEVER FORGET THE BLOOD AND LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN LOST BY THE AMERICANS IN ASSISTING IN THE PRESENTING RADIO AND TELEVISION TO THE PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM. ALSO, THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, (CIVILIAN). FOR SERVICE IN VIETNAM, 1967 THRU 1968 THRU 1969. ("TET OFFENSIVE").

 MR. KREIS HAD THE ADMIRATION OF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE.  ALSO,  HIS AMERICAN CO-WORKERS AND AND THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES AS WELL AS THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ADMINISTRATION IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

MR. KREIS'S BROTHER, DONALD ALSO WORKED IN THE  COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN THE USA, RETIRING, SOMETIME LATER. MR. KREIS WOULD BE STATIONED AT WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO, FOR APPROXMATELY TWO, (2), YEARS. THEN IN 1970 HE WOULD BE STATIONED AT THE  THE SACRAMENTO ARMY DEPOT, BEING THERE ALMOST 10 YEARS, AT THE ARMY DEPOT AT, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, AS  SENIOR BROADCAST ENGINEER, G.S. 856 - 12., TASA, TELEVISION, AUDIO SUPPORT, ACTIVITY, IN 1971 THRU 1981 WORKING ON MANY PROJECTS AND OBTAINING MANY AWARDS  AND ACCOLADES THROUGHOUT HIS ALMOST TEN YEARS AT THE ARMY DEPOT, SPECIFICALLY, TASA, (EARNING MANY AWARDS FOR HIS SPECIAL SUPPORT AND OUTSTANDING WORK, EFFIENCY AND HIS OUTSTANDING CHARACTER).  MR. KREIS WOULD THEN PROMOTE TO GM 855 13, AT NORTON AIR FORCE BASE, SAN BERNARDINEO, CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE WORKED ON A SECRET AIRCRAFT AS THE CHIEF ELECTRONIC  SUPERVISORY ENGINEER GM - 855-13, IN CHARGE OF RETROFITTING THE, ARC-111-C,  (F-111-C),  AIRCRAFT'S COMPUTER SYSTEM,  FROM 1981 THRU 1985. THEN HE WAS TRANSFERED TO  Mc CULLEN, AIR FORCE BASE, AT  NORTH HIIGHLANDS, CALIFORNIA.  AS NORTON  AF BASE WAS ON THE FY 85 CLOUSURE LIST, (BRAC). THE WORKLOAD FOLLOW MR. KREIS,  AS HE WAS A CHEIF AVIONICS SUPERVISOR, G.S. 855 - 13.  IN CHARGE OF THE ARC-111-C,  AIR-CRAFT, (F-111-C), MODERNIZATION PLAN. RETROFITTING PROGRAM  - EMBEDDING MICROCHIPS INTO THE COMPUTER"S SYSTEMS, OF THE AIR-CRAFT'S MAINFRAME SYSTEMS. FIGHTER JET, USA. FOR ABOUT ONE, (1), YEAR, FY; 1985-1986.

 UNFORTUNATELY, MR. KREIS, AFTER WORKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AND JUST SIX MONTHS FROM HIS RETIREMENT, WITH ABOUT TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF SERVICE, HE SERCUM TO A MASIVE HEART ATTACK ON 21 - JUNE 1986 AND PASSED AWAY.  UNFORTINUATELY, HE HAD JUST PASSED A COMPLETE PHYSICAL SIX WEEKS PRIOR TO THAT DATE, IN MAY 1986. HIS FAMLY, AND MANY FRIENDS, CO- WORKERS ATTENDED BOTH CHURCH SERVICES AND HIS FUNERAL AT CATHOLIC, CAVALRY CEMETERY AT SACRAMENTO.  HE RECEIVIED PRAISE FROM HIS CO-WORKERS FROM, NORTON AND FROM McCullen AIR FORCE BASES, ALSO, FROM THE SACRAMENTO ARMY DEPOT AND WASHINGTON D.C., WERE HE WAS KNOWN AMONG THE HANDFUL OF ENGINEERS, TO BE TRULY A GREAT MAN AND EXCEPTIONAL ENGINEER, OF TRUE  CHAARACTER, EXPERTEASE, ENTELECT AND KNOWLEDGW OF ENGINERING PRACTICES AND PROCEEDURES, OF THE THE ARC-111 C- (F-111-C), AIRCRAFT.  AFTER HIS DEATH, THREE ADDITIONAL EMGINEERS WERE ASSIGNEEED TO COMPLETE THE WORK ON THE AIRCRAFT THAT MR KREIS WAS DOING BY HIMSELF.  TRULEY A GREAT EXCEPTIONALLY, GIFTED ENGINEER AND MAN. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED AND HIS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ENGINEERING WILL ALSO BE A LOSS TOO. SADELY, SIX, (6), SHORT MONTHS BEFORE MR. KREIS WAS SUPPOSE TO RETIREE ON HIS SIXTY - FIFTH, (65), TH., BIRTHDAY, 14 JANUARY 1987. HIS PLANS WERE TO BUY A MOTOR HOME AND TO CRUSE, WITH HIS WIFE MARY AND THEIR DOG, TRIXIE, THE WIDE OPEN ROADS OF THE UNITED STATES.  HE LOVED THE UNITED STATES AND WANTED TO EXPLORE AS MUCH OF IT AS HE COULD WITH HIS BELOVED LITTLE DOG TRIXIE, AND WIFE MARY HELLEN.  THIS WAS A DREAM HE SHARED WITH HIS STEP-SON, BIG JOHN.


 

   

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Fort Dix, NJ)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, US Army Training Center (Infantry) Fort Dix, NJUS Army Air Force (USAAF)Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)Southeast Asia Command
Armed Forces Radio and Television/Armed Forces Network (AFRTS/AFN)Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)Army Garrisons
  1943-1943, HHC, HQ Army Training Center (Staff) Fort Dix, NJ
  1943-1943, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1943-1943, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1961-1964, 80, Troop Command, HHC, Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)
  1966-1969, 51R, Southeast Asia Command
  1967-1969, 52C30, Armed Forces Radio and Television/Armed Forces Network (AFRTS/AFN)
  1969-1971, 52C10, Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)
  1972-1982, 01B, Army Garrison, Sacramento Army Depot
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1959-1962 Operation White Star
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 28Post Army Engineer Association (AEA)Northern California Chapter
Air Force Association (AFA)Army Together We Served
  1949, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 28 (Member) (Cambridge, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1950, American Legion, Post (Member) (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1960, Army Engineer Association (AEA) - Assoc. Page
  1966, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Northern California Chapter (Vacaville, California)
  1982, Air Force Association (AFA) - Assoc. Page
  2014, Army Together We Served [Verified]


Reflections on T/5 Kreis's US Army Service
 
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PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY.
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
Robert was drafted in February, 1943, he was eager to help his country any way he could. Mr. Kreis had been a self-taught ham radio operator, and had a working knowledge of mores-code, which was very new at the time. After his six years were completed he spent the next 16 years working for the civilian non-government company, RCA, until 1966, then 20 years working for the Army & Air Force as a civilian broadcasting engineer, to enhance the military sites he oversaw, either stateside at the Army Depots, or Air Force bases he was assigned to, stateside or overseas, posts, in southeast Asia, (Vietnam). With RCA- private co-attached to U.S. government, in southeast Asia, (Vietnam, 1967, 68 and 1969).
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?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - 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?
After high school and going to college, the war broke out and he joined the U.S. Army in January 1945. He then served as a broadcast engineer assistant, signal corps, for the protection of the coastal defense site; Fort Warden Washington and pacific harbor defense, Technical Fifth Grade Robert James Kreis also was instrumental in maintaining technical assistance and efficient communication as a broadcast engineer, assistant, with the use of "morris code", for coded messages in defiance of those sites. Technical Fifth Grade Robert j. Kreis promoted to (PFC), Private First Class. He also earned a college degree in broadcasting engineering in 1948.

PFC R.J. Kreis continued his work through the years working for civil service his positions attached to the armed forces, (Army Depot and Air Force bases), for another thirty-five 35 years or so. Civilian and civil service positions. (20 years civil service and 20 years for RCA, contracted with the u.s. armed forces in southeast Asia, (Vietnam).
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?
Robert James cries was attached to the armed forces, in southeast Asia, Vietnam from 1967 thru 1969, (3) three years, thru the Tet offensive to establish radio and television services in southeast Asia, Vietnam., as a broadcast engineer, GS 15. The unit was under constant harassment from the enemy.

Mr. Kreis was awarded the physiological I medal for bringing radio and television to southeast Asia, Vietnam, during the hostile years 1967 thru 1969..
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
Stateside during the World War, II, we felt that we were helping the United States safe during this crisis. And we made the coastlines safer from attack or infiltration.

During the Vietnam war, he stationed in Vietnam during the Tet offensive in 1968.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Safeguarding the United States coastline from enemy attack and infiltration. To be able to defend those sites with coded messages, "morris code".

Bringing radio and television to the Vietnamese people, southeast Asia, (Vietnam). 1967 thru 1969.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
National Defense Service Medal, earned during 1945 thru 1949, for service during Vietnam.

Psychological 1 medal awarded in southeast Asia, (Vietnam), for bringing radio and television to southeast Asia, (Vietnam), during the Tet offensive, 1967 thru 1969.
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?
National Defense Service Medal, earned during 1945 thru 1949, for service during Vietnam.

Psychological 1 medal awarded in southeast Asia, (Vietnam), for bringing radio and television to southeast Asia, (Vietnam), during the Tet offensive, 1967 thru 1969.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
My step father, technical fifth grade Robert James Kreis, joined the U.S. Army with one eye, legally blind.

Technical Fifth Grade, Robert James Kreis's use of morris coded messages in defense of the United States coastal defense sites.

This showed him, no matter what your physical disabilities are you can make a difference.
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?
I use to see if anyone could tell which eye was legally blind. No one could tell.
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?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - 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?
PFC R. J. Kreis continued with his studies and in 1949 he earned a degree in broadcasting engineering. He worked in this field until his untimely death on 21 June 1986.
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?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - 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?
You can reach all your goals no matter your disabilities.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
You can make it long as you are positive, hard worker and driven to succeed.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
T/5 Robert Kreis (BOB) - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
Hopefully, Bob's friends and family can positively reflect on his service, not only as a Solider but someone who brought comfort and helpful successes to whomever he met. Also, that he made an everlasting impression on myself and my family as he did for others. His positive outlook and support he has given to me and how I respect and thought about him. Hopefully his family can reflect and this may enable them to reflect positively

DB 10/26/2016

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