*last update 6/15/2019

Military Involvement

 

Servicemen - R surnames

James Harden Reed was born Apr. 23, 1945 to John Dayton and Minnie May Reed. He died Feb. 10, 1944 and is buried in Ottumwa Cemetery, Ottumwa, IA.

Pvt. Reed served in World War II with the U.S. Army and died in Atlanta, George as the result of injuries suffered when he was walking with a friend and he spotted a car about to hit them. He pushed the friend out of the way, saving his life, but was unable to leap out of the way.

Source: ancestry.com


William Franklin Rickert was born Sept. 17, 1923 to John Howard and Mary Suzanne Funk Rickert. He died June 17, 1944 and is buried in Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. **He has a cenotaph in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Ottumwa, IA.

Sgt. Rickert served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 754th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy and was MIA/KIA over France in the service of his country. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Source: ancestry.com


Ernest Marvin “Marvin" Rigler was born Mar. 8, 1911 to Frank Harry and Beulah May Sater Rigler. He died Dec. 26, 1944 and is buried in Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, IA.

Pvt. Rigler served in World War II with the U.S. Army 333rd Infantry, 84th Division and was KIA in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge.

Source: ancestry.com


Merritt Vernon Rolison, Jr. was born May 13, 1918 to Merrit V. (Sr.) and Pearl Black Rolison. He died Apr. 12, 1945 and is buried in Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa, IA.

Pvt. Rolison served in World War II with the U.S. Army Infantry and was KIA in Germany in the service of his country.

Source: ancestry.com


John Emanuel Russell was born Jan. 28, 1925 to Samuel D. and Bertha Luella Miller Russell. He died Sept. 1, 1944 and is buried in Epinal American Cemetery, Dinoze, France and has a cenotaph in Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa, IA.

Pvt. Russell served in World War II with the U.S. Army 905th Field Artillery Battalion, 80th Infantry Division and died of wounds received in action in France and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Source: ancestry.com



ServiceMen Research done by WWII Researcher, Pat Holt Juon, Mar 2019; updated Jun 2019

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