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John N. Reese, Jr.

Deceased Person from United States of America

John Noah Reese, Jr. (June 13, 1923 – February 9, 1945) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. Reese joined the Army from Pryor, Oklahoma in in December 1942, and by February 9, 1945 was serving as a private first class in Company B, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division. On that day, during an attack on the Paco Railroad Station in Manila, the Philippines, Reese and fellow soldier Private Cleto L. Rodriguez went ahead of their unit, took a position closer to the station, and began firing on the Japanese defenders. Together they killed over eighty Japanese soldiers before a shortage of ammunition forced them to turn back. Reese was killed while trying to return to the American lines; he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor eight months later, on October 19, 1945. Private Rodriguez survived the battle and was also awarded the Medal of Honor. Reese, aged 21 at his death, was buried in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Private First Class Reese's official Medal of Honor citation reads: He was engaged in the attack on the Paco Railroad  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
John Reese, Jr.
Date of birth
1923-06-13
Place of birth
Muskogee
Nationality
United States of America

Death

Date of death
1945-02-09
Place of death
Manila
Place of burial
Fort Gibson National Cemetery

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