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John Noah Reese, Jr
Birth: Jun. 13, 1923
Muskogee
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1945

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company B, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands on February 9, 1945. His citation reads "He was engaged in the attack on the Paco Railroad Station, which was strongly defended by 300 determined enemy soldiers with machineguns and rifles, supported by several pillboxes, 3 20mm. guns, 1 37-mm. gun and heavy mortars. While making a frontal assault across an open field, his platoon was halted 100 yards from the station by intense enemy fire. On his own initiative he left the platoon. accompanied by a comrade, and continued forward to a house 60 yards from the objective. Although under constant enemy observation. the 2 men remained in this position for an hour, firing at targets of opportunity, killing more than 35 Japanese and wounding many more. Moving closer to the station and discovering a group of Japanese replacements attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened heavy fire, killed more than 40 and stopped all subsequent attempts to man the emplacements. Enemy fire became more intense as they advanced to within 20 yards of the station. From that point Pfc. Reese provided effective covering fire and courageously drew enemy fire to himself while his companion killed 7 Japanese and destroyed a 20-mm. gun and heavy machinegun with handgrenades. With their ammunition running low, the 2 men started to return to the American lines, alternately providing covering fire for each other as they withdrew. During this movement, Pfc. Reese was killed by enemy fire as he reloaded his rifle. The intrepid team, in 21/2 hours of fierce fighting, killed more than 82 Japanese, completely disorganized their defense and paved the way for subsequent complete defeat of the enemy at this strong point. By his gallant determination in the face of tremendous odds, aggressive fighting spirit, and extreme heroism at the cost of his life, Pfc. Reese materially aided the advance of our troops in Manila and providing a lasting inspiration to all those with whom he served". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on October 19, 1945. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  John Noah Reese (1900 - 1962)
  Cleathel Frances Barnes Reese (1904 - 1970)
 
Burial:
Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Fort Gibson
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section 2, Grave 1259-E
 
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Originally Created by: Bill Walker
Record added: May 09, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6403986
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