Eric Allen Ream


US Army Insignia

United States Army

CPL Insignia - Army



Fort Dix Insignia  Fort Polk & The Joint Readiness Training Center Patch

508th Infantry Regiment Patch  508th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms 82nd Airborne Division Patch
"A" Company, 1st Battalion
 508th Infantry Regiment (ABN)
3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division



Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star Purple Heart Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell September 26, 1969

Eric, one of twin boys, was born on the 23rd of September, 1948 to Morris and Josephine Ream of Schaefferstown. He grew up in the Schaefferstown area and attended Eastern Lebanon County High School (ELCO), graduating in 1966.  He lettered for three years in soccer and was on the All County soccer team.  As a member of the track team he held various records in the broad jump.  Eric was active in the Boy Scouts of America and worshipped at the Schaefferstown United Methodist Church.  He held memberships at the Richland Fire Company and the Richland American Legion.

He was drafted in October of 1968.  After basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and advanced training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, he was sent to Vietnam.  He arrived on the 17th of April, 1969, where he was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion (Aborne), 508th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division.  He fell while in a search and destroy operation.

The United States government awarded him the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.  The Vietnam government awarded him the Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He was survived by his parents; a brother, Glenn; twin brother, Brian; and a sister, Karen.

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