John A. Reiners

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Haines City, FL

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Reiners enlisted in the Army right after high school. He completed Basic/Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division. Reiners served two tours in Iraq from 2005-2007. His final deployment was to Afghanistan, serving as a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

In the U.S. Army, John was most proud of earning his Ranger tab. But in life, his pride and joy was his son Lex, who was only three years old when John was killed in action. Reiners was awarded the Bronze star, several Purple Hearts, two U.S. Army Commendation Medals, and many other awards and decorations.

John loved being with his family and friends, having fun, and playing practical jokes just to make them laugh and enjoy life. John will be forever remembered for the many lives he touched and influenced. His family works very hard at keeping his memory and legacy alive. “Say his name, Staff Sergeant John Reiners.”

Age: 24

Date of Death: February 13, 2010

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