Henry A. Riecke was born on 4 August 1891. He served gallantly in World War I, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the Croix De Guerre (from France) and an “Accolade Citation” from President Woodrow Wilson.
The Captain died on 22 September 1968 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Judith B. Riecke (9 February 1881-30 April 1978) is buried with him.
Proverbs 13:19 “The Desire Accomplished I Sweet To The Soul.”
RIECKE, HENRY A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
General Orders No. No. 125, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Meriden, Connecticut
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry A. Riecke, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bouresches, France, July 20, 1918.
When the advance of his company was temporarily held up by machine-gun fire in front of Bouresches First Lieutenant Reicke went ahead alone and, although hit three times by machine-gun bullets, he continued to urge his men forward, and by his example of fearlessness and grit inspired them to successful attack.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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