REX G. COMBS
Rex G. Combs is buried in the Kirk Cemetery, Allendale
(Worth County), Missouri along with two sons.
Rex, a Captain in
Co A during WW-II, died in Chicago of a heart
attack during the 508th's 2nd Annual Reunion.
As early as his death was, he survived two sons. Rex,
Jr. died as an infant in 1934 while Paul Rex was killed in action in
Vietnam in 1968.
[1912 - 1976]
The simplicity of the stone with just the 82nd Airborne Division
insignia engraved on it belies his many decorations which
include: the Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), the
Purple Heart with three OLC, Distinguished Unit Citation, the
French and The Belgian Fourragere, the Netherlands Military
Order of William, Combat Infantryman Badge and the
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with Bronze Service
Arrowhead for participation in Operation Neptune, Normandy,
D-Day, 6 June, 1944 and four Campaign Stars denoting
participation in Normandy, Holland, Belgium and Central Europe.
In addition, he was knighted by Queen Wilhelmina of The
Netherlands with the award of the The Dutch Bronze Lion, by:
"distinguishing himself during the operations of the 82nd
Airborne Division in the area of NIJMEGEN in the period from
September 17 to October 4, 1944, by doing particularly gallant
and tactful deeds and setting, in every respect, a praise worthy
example in very difficult circumstances."
Rex Combs, Jr.
Paul Rex Combs
[1946 - 1968]
Paul was a member of the 25th Infantry Division. He was killed
by small arms fire in action in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. His name
appears on Panel 35E - Line 4 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in
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