Henry A. Riecke – Captain, United States Army

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.”

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.

Photo From “Connecticut Fights – The Story of the 102nd Reginment, by Daniel W. Strickland”


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