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Douglas S Rezin

War: World War II
Parent/Wife: L.N.
City: Nekoosa
Birth Date: 19 Nov 1919
Death Date: 28 Apr 1944
How Died: Kia
Where Died: Italy
Where Buried: Jefferson, MO
Rank: Lt
Branch: Air Force

Kia=Killed in Action
Dow=Died of Wounds
Dod=Died of Disease
Mia=Missing in Action


First Lt. Douglas Stallard Rezin died in World War II flying over Italy. He was a co-pilot of a B-24. Douglas Stallard was considered a Liberator co-pilot. He was reported missing on the day of April 28th, 1944.

Douglas Rezin was a son of a cranberry family. He had 1 brother and 6 sisters. Douglas Stallards siblings were Helen Elizabeth (Gottschalk), Jane Isabel, Muriel Louis (Bender), Daniel Bruce, Koral Jean (Lewis), Patricia Mae (Miller) and Susanne Iva (Hill). Douglas Stallard Rezin was an Episcopal and attended church at St. John the Evangelist Church. Douglas graduated from Alexander High School in Nekoosa and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with the degree of Entomology.

In June 1942, Douglas was sworn in as an aviation cadet. HE took preflight training at San Antonio, Texas. After a nine-week course at the Twin Engine Advanced Flying School in Altus, Oklahoma, he received his wings and Second Lieutenants commission. After training for B-24s, he was sent overseas to North Africa.

Douglas was first stationed in North Africa. While he was flying over Italy, he was asked to fly in another unit for the day by his commander officer. His regular flying crew was taking a days rest at base camp. The unit Douglas was flying in was fired upon and the B-24 that Douglas Stallard was co-piloting crashed. Douglas received the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He has left behind an expectation that people should remember the people that died and served in World War II.

Written by,

Dylan James Bender, Great-Nephew of First Lieutenant Douglas Stallard Rezin


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