In Memory of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal
Robert Vincent Reker
Jasper, Minnesota/Sherman, South Dakota, Rock County/Minnehaha
July 20, 1948 – June 13, 1969
Killed in Action in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam
(Note: Although the Reker family had a rural
Sherman, South Dakota, address, there is little doubt that
Robert considered himself a Minnesotan. We will only briefly
profile him here in deference to the wishes of his surviving
Robert Vincent “Bob” Reker was born on July 20, 1948, to
Sylvester and Elaine (Petersen) Reker, at Luverne, Minnesota. He
had three sisters, Diane (Nelson), Nancy (Lange), and Laurie who
preceded him in death, and two brothers, Donald and John. Robert
attended schools in Jasper, Minnesota, graduating from high
school in 1966. After high school, Robert attended St. John’s
University at Collegeville, Minnesota for two years before he
entered the service.
Robert Reker enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 17, 1968,
and completed his basic training at San Diego, California. He
went on to Vietnamese language school at Monterey, California
before being sent overseas circa April of 1969, stationed with M
Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines.
On June 13, 1969, Lance Corporal Robert Vincent Reker was
killed in action near An Hoa Combat Base, Quang Nam Province,
Republic of Vietnam. His body was recovered and returned to the
United States. He was buried with military honors at St.
Joseph’s Cemetery at Jasper, Minnesota.
This entry was respectfully initiated by Stanley County
Middle School, Fort Pierre, and completed by Sheila Hansen,
teacher, Spearfish Middle School, June 16, 2006. Information for
this entry was provided by <www.combatwife.net/memreker.htm>.