Medal of Honor-
Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II:
"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Boatswain's Mate First Class Reinhardt John Keppler, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished courage above and beyond the call of duty while serving aboard the U.S.S. San Francisco during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands, 12 & 13 November 1942. When a hostile torpedo plane, during a daylight air raid, crashed on the after machine-gun platform, Boatswain's Mate First Class Keppler promptly assisted in removal of the dead and, by his capable supervision of the wounded, undoubtedly helped save the lives of several shipmates who otherwise might have perished. That night, when the ship's hangar was set afire during the great battle off Savo Island, he bravely led a hose into the starboard side of the stricken area and there, without assistance and despite frequent hits from terrific enemy bombardment, eventually brought the fire under control. Later, although mortally wounded, he labored valiantly in the midst of bursting shells, persistently directing fire-fighting operations and administering to wounded personnel until he finally collapsed from loss of blood. His great personal valor, maintained with utter disregard of personal safety, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942
Rank: Boatswain's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)
Rheiny was buried in the military cemetery on Espiritu Santos Island until after the war, when in 1948 his body was returned to the United States
and he was buried with military honors in the National Golden Gate Cemetery
in San Bruno, California
, on June 16, 1948.
San Mateo County
Plot: Section C, Grave 379