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Enlisted in the US Army on June 2, 1942, and received basic training at Camp Croft, South Carolina. After completing training, he was shipped to Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon being awarded his wings, Rech was sent to For Bragg to become a member of the 1st Platoon, A Company, 504 PIR.

On April 10, 1943, Rech married his hometown sweetheart, Marguerite Brunson, in Dillon, South Carolina. After a tour of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, Holland, Belgium, and Germany, he was sent home and discharged from serviced in September 1945.

He and his wife of 54 years have four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rech is still working daily, being self-employed and doing architectural design in southeastern Florida. He is a charter, lifetime member, and the Vice-chairman of the Space Coast All Airborne Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association.


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