Family and friends honor Marlborough veteran on his 95th birthday

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William Rebh (l) and E. Russell Lang
Photo courtesy Russ Lang, Jr.

Marlborough – The family and friends of William Rebh honored the Marlborough resident on Dec. 28 with a surprise 95th birthday celebration. The party was held at Talia Clubhouse in Marlborough, and was attended by his wife, Mary; his three children, Kathy, Bill, and Sue, and their spouses; his eight grandchildren, their spouses; his five great-grandchildren, and several friends. His nephew, wife, and sons travelled from Michigan to add to the surprise. 

Also joining the celebration was his friend and fellow WWII veteran E. Russell Lang, who celebrated his 98th birthday this past August. Lang resides at the Veterans Center in Bedford, Mass., and was able to attend with the aid of his son, Russ Lang, Russ’ wife Bonnie, and grandson Chris.

Bill Rebh enlisted in the army in 1943 and served in the 99th Infantry Division until the end of the war. He was awarded a Purple Heart for an injury sustained during his service. Russ Lang served in the 106th Infantry Division, was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held as a prisoner of war. The two met during their post-war careers at I.B.M. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and have been friends for over 50 years.