|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.
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.
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
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