Staff Sergeant Reece Leslie Marple was born on December 29, 1945, and was originally from Jellico, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an infantryman in B Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He was a 2-year veteran of the Army when his tour began on June 26, 1967. SSgt. Marple had been in Vietnam for nearly a year when he was killed under hostile conditions on May 11, 1968, in Long An province, South Vietnam; he was 22 years old at the time of his death. SSgt. Marple was the recipient of the Purple Heart award. He is buried at Douglas Cemetery in Oswego, Campbell County, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 58E, Line 23.

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