MANSFIELD – An American flag will be raised on Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 in front of the Richland County courthouse at 6 p.m. to honor deceased Richland County U.S. Army World War II Veteran, Robert D. Reed.
Robert, son of Charles Reed of Shelby entered the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from Shelby High School.
Pfc. Robert D. Reed, 20, was killed in action Dec 5, 1944 somewhere in Germany. He was a member of the U.S. Army infantry, 3rd Army. He enlisted in Oct 1942 and went overseas in April of 1944.
Robert is buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Hombourg, Belgium. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal.
The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program.
To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps at 419-524-5844.