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James William Reese
Birth: 1920
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1943
Sicilia, Italy

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private in the 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Mount Vassillio, Sicily, on August 5, 1943. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict with the enemy. When the enemy launched a counterattack which threatened the position of his company, Pvt. Reese, as the acting squad leader of a 60-mm. mortar squad, displaying superior leadership on his own initiative, maneuvered his squad forward to a favorable position, from which, by skillfully directing the fire of his weapon, he caused many casualties in the enemy ranks, and aided materially in repulsing the counterattack. When the enemy fire became so severe as to make his position untenable, he ordered the other members of his squad to withdraw to a safer position, but declined to seek safety for himself. So as to bring more effective fire upon the enemy, Pvt. Reese, without assistance, moved his mortar to a new position and attacked an enemy machinegun nest. He had only three rounds of ammunition but secured a direct hit with his last round, completely destroying the nest and killing the occupants. Ammunition being exhausted, he abandoned the mortar. seized a rifle and continued to advance, moving into an exposed position overlooking the enemy. Despite a heavy concentration of machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire, the heaviest experienced by his unit throughout the entire Sicilian campaign, he remained at this position and continued to inflict casualties upon the enemy until he was killed. His bravery, coupled with his gallant and unswerving determination to close with the enemy, regardless of consequences and obstacles which he faced, are a priceless inspiration to our armed forces." His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on December 17, 1943. (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
Burial:
Chester Rural Cemetery
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Soldiers Circle Row 65 Grave 2
GPS (lat/lon): 39.85974, -75.3683
 
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Feb 27, 2003
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- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
1st Infantry Division, WWII
- snm
 Added: Aug. 10, 2013
Rest easy, sleep well, my brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell....
- A Derifield
 Added: Dec. 30, 2012
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