Corporal William Sterling Reese was born on May 2, 1895 in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Allegheny High School and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he played football and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was inducted in Avalon, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1918. He served in Company H, 320th Infantry, promoted to Corporal on May 4, 1918. He served overseas from May 18, 1918 through January 22, 1919. While overseas he was gassed in the St. Mihiel drive, and was wounded in action on September 28, 1918. He was honorably discharged on March 15, 1919 from Camp Sherman, Ohio. He died on February 3, 1920 at the young age of twenty-four from pericarditis attributed to when he was gassed in France. He is buried at Union Dale Cemetery. His father was George Rese, his mother was Edith Rese, and his brother was George Rese. The family resided at 117 South Harrison Avenue in Bellevue.

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