Brueningsen said Reab’s parents experienced a lifetime of heartache.
“I wish I could hug them and thank them, but I cannot,” he said. “I can only recognize how important this moment is for all who see and hear it. I pray to God every one of us contemplate the cost of a whole generation of people who worked harder with much less pay, so that we could have our freedom intact.”
He said the world today would be very different if not for the countless men and women like Reab who gave their lives to stop the Axis Powers.
“We are not great without the sacrifices of giants that have gone ahead of us,” he said. “Like many others, he answered the call.”
Mabon, who lives at Phillips, spoke of how Reab’s name was listed on the Netherlands American Cemetery’s Wall of the Missing at Margraten, the Netherlands, and he was “adopted” by Netherlands resident Ron Busschers through a grave-tending program.
While conducting internet searches for additional information on the fallen soldier, Busschers discovered an article claiming Reab’s remains were interred in Nebraska. Knowing such wasn’t the case, he contacted Mabon, a member of the same genealogical society that posted the article.
Combing through numerous newspaper clippings at the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Mabon learned that the location of Reab’s remains was, in fact, unknown.
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