15 Dec 73- Richard M. Rees CPT 0-3, JCRC, Survey Team Leader-KIA. His Awards include the following, in addition to the DSC for the action in which he met his demise.
My DSC database lists the name of Captain Richard M. Rees, who was awarded a Posthumous DSC for actions on December 15, 1973 while serving with Field Team 6, Control Team B, Headquarters, Joint Casualty Resolution Center. The SN I list for Captain Rees is: 274367706. Since I did not have the citation for his award, which was issued under Department of the Army, General Orders No. 24 (December 2, 1975), I did an FOIA on him.
I received the paperwork back yesterday from St. Louis, which included a Silver Star Citation for First Lieutenant Richard M. Rees for actions on 11 April 1968, while serving with Detachment A-302, Company A, 5th Special Forces. (Paperwork also included an ARCOM for Captain Richard M. Rees for actions during the period 23 February 1970 to 10 January 1971 while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 508th Infantry, 82d Airborne). The file for Captain Rees did NOT reflect award of the DSC, which I believe IS legitimate. (If we can find the G.O. we can verify if indeed it is legit.) While there is a possibility we are talking about two different Richard M. Rees, I believe they are most likely the same person—former SF, KIA while serving with the JCRC in 1973 and subsequently awarded the DSC. If they are one and the same, and all this is correct, the records of one of your SF heroes at St. Louis were never properly updated to reflect his DSC which means, a generation from now, family members researching him would not be aware of his uncommon valor.
I am hoping you will help me clarify this matter and if Captain Rees, SF, KIA, was in fact awarded the DSC, we should seek to first prove it, and then advise NPRC to update that record. It is the least we can do for a fallen comrade. I am including two officers of the Legion of Valor in this email in hopes they may also be able to help us clarify/resolve this matter.
Thanks for any help.
C. Douglas Sterner
3111 Thatcher Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81005