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Ratensky, Lt. Samuel | Reeds, James A. | Reeds, T/5 John N.

Reeds, James A.  

Sergeant, Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA)

James Reeds began his service with the MFAA under the direction of Lt. Comdr. George Stout and Maj. Bancel LaFarge in France, 1944, as one of the few original members of the section. Following the Allied victory, he was stationed at Wiesbaden and at USFET Headquarters in Frankfurt-Hoechst, Germany. Reeds was named the chief clerk for the office, and responded to incoming messages regarding artworks and monuments that had been discovered and then protected or recovered. He was discharged from the U.S. Army as a sergeant and then became a medical supply officer for the military government as a civilian.

Prior to his military service, Reeds was a pre-medical student at the University of Iowa. Because of his knowledge of the German language, he had been sent to the Army Specialized Training Program to become an interpreter. He resumed his college education upon his return home from Germany, and had enough credits to graduate in 1947 with a B.A. in German. He received his M.A. in German in 1949, and later his M.A. in linguistics and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan, in 1959 and 1967, respectively.

From 1952 to 1958, Reeds taught at Penn State, and spent the 1956-57 school year as a Fulbright teacher in Detmold, Germany. He worked at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit while he was studying for his Ph.D. From 1966 to 1969 he taught as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Reeds began his long career at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1969, and was named associate professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1990. He traveled to Poland in 1984 to teach as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Lodz. Reeds currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Hedy, whom he met while serving with the MFAA.


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