Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” shows U.S. Army Cpl. James E. Rehn, who was reported killed in action in September 1942, although it was probably sometime in 1943. He was a radio operator in the 2nd Signal Corps at Fort McKinley near Manila in the Philippines, when World War II began Dec. 7, 1941.
After Japan invaded the Philippines, Rehn survived the defense of Corrigidor and Bataan and then was sent to the island of Mindanao to be evacuated. Unfortunately, there was a shortage of space on the boat, and he was among 15 members of the group left behind. He managed to serve with guerrillas before being killed. He was scheduled to return home in June 1942. Identifying him were his brother, former Wells Fargo Bank manager Roger Rehn, who lives near Placerville; and Jean Rehn Anderson, who was married to another brother, the late Bob Rehn. Photo provided by Vaughn Gates of Tracy VFW.
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