Pete Reino's birthday gift to the Blogland

Occasions like birthdays  are great opportunities to relax, spend time with friends and family, and indulge a little.  But sometimes, they should be times in which we reflect upon how far we've come, and what we should be thankful for.

Fellow blogger Mike Reino over at SC6, recently talked about his Uncle Pete, PFC Peter Reino, who was killed in action 65 years ago this weekend (February 7) while serving in the U.S. Army's 76th division, which was deployed in Europe and quicky plowed across Germany in early 1945:

From what I know, no one in my family knew any details about Pete's death, just after his 19th birthday. All I knew was his Service Number, Division, Infantry Number and the day he died. Well, there are people out there who know enough military history that the info I had was enough - and he happened to run across my blog post.... Just 3 days before what would be Uncle Pete's 84th birthday, I now know where he died, and the important battle he fought in...

Pete served in the 76th Division, 417th Infantry Regiment, under General William Schmidt and the 12th Army Group under General Omar Bradley
One of the birthday presents being unwrapped in the Blogland today comes to us from Mr. Peter Reino, Private First Class of the 76th Division of the United States Army. That gift, paid for in his blood and his family's heartache, is one which we should all be thankful for.

1 Response to "Pete Reino's birthday gift to the Blogland"

  1. Mike Reino 5/2/10 18:10
    Thanks Earl. I've been a bit preoccupied with other fsmily tragedies today, but thanks for paying tribute to my Uncle Pete...

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