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William E. Rees
June 27, 1947–October 5, 1967
Lance Cpl. William E. Rees
Buried by Military Honors

Lance Corporal William E. Rees was buried with military honors in Riverside cemetery at Anamosa following services in the Methodist church starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
Son of Judge and Mrs. Warren J. Rees was killed by enemy shrapnel while on a Marine road sweep near Quang Nam, about 10 miles from DaNang, a base on the northern coast of South Viet Nam on Thursday, Oct 5.
Bill was the first known casualty from Jones county in Viet Nam.
Rev. Melvin Miller, Methodist pastor, delivered the funeral sermon. He was assisted in the services by Rev. Cannon D. A. Loferski, pastor of St. Mark's Episcopal church in Anamosa and St John's Episcopal church in Cedar Rapids; and Rev. Charles Yoak, pastor of the Anamosa Congregational church.
Organ music was played by, Mrs. M. W. Frederick.
Marines Send Guard
Flag-draped casket was borne out of the church through a Marine honor guard of eight uniformed men from Waterloo commanded by Sergeant Bush.
Casket bearers were classmates and close friends.
Loras Boos, John Chesire, William Kehoe, Keith Kouba, John Onken and Ronald Smith.
Marine, escort from San Francisco was Cpl. Bruce L. Trautwein
In the services at graveside, after prayers by the three ministers, Marine honor guard fired three volleys and taps were played by Dick Conrad. Flag from the casket was presented Mrs. Rees by Sergeant Bush.
Marines Joined
William E. Rees was born June 27, 1947. He graduated from Anamosa Community high school in 1965. Rees attended Buena Vista college, Storm Lake, prior to enlisting in the Marine corps. He requested combat duty and was sent to Viet Nam early in 1967. He was stationed near Chulai. He was a member of a forest reconnaissance group occupied with the search, clean and destroy operations in the area south of Da Nang.
Prior to his death, Bill had passed the written test for Marine officers' candidate school. He had requested an additional six months of combat duty in Viet Nam.
Survivors include his parents and a sister, Mary Ann Rees, a junior at Cornell college, Mount Vernon, where she is majoring in languages.

Source: Anamosa Journal, 16 October 1967
Link: The Virtual Wall

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