Soldiers honor member of original Parachute Test Platoon

By Lori EganMarch 27, 2009

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, carry the coffin of CWO4(R) Benjamin C. Reese. Reese, a member of the original Parachute Test Platoon, died March 19.  He was 92.  In 1940, he volunteered for the test platoon, predecessor of the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, earning an extra $21 a month in jump pay.  Reese made two combat parachute jumps during World War II.  The first was in Normandy on D-Day with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment.  The second was during Operation Market Garden.  
Reese retired from the Army in 1969 with 30 years and 90 days of service.  Reese is survived by his wife of 66 years, Verne, two sons, Benjamin and COL David Reese, and three grandchildren.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, carry the coffin of CWO4(R) Benjamin C. Reese. Reese, a member of the original Parachute Test Platoon, died March 19. He was 92. In 1940, he volunteered for the test platoon, predecessor of the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, earning an extra $21 a month in jump pay. Reese made two combat parachute jumps during World War II. The first was in Normandy on D-Day with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The second was during Operation Market Garden. Reese retired from the Army in 1969 with 30 years and 90 days of service. Reese is survived by his wife of 66 years, Verne, two sons, Benjamin and COL David Reese, and three grandchildren. (Photo Credit: Lori Egan) VIEW ORIGINAL
This picture of Ben Reese was taken during the Airborne Awards festival in 2008.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This picture of Ben Reese was taken during the Airborne Awards festival in 2008. (Photo Credit: Bridgett Siter) VIEW ORIGINAL