Lynn Chester Riess, Jr. was born on May 10, 1917, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was the son of Lynn Chester and Veo Antoinette Long Riess. He was married to Margaret Mary Moran on August 11, 1942, in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
Lynn Chester, Jr. served in the 330th Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bomber Group, as a First Lieutenant and a crew member of the B-24D Liberator #41-23712 in World War II. Their airplane took off at 7:20 AM on October 29, 1942, with a crew of 12 on an operational U-boat patrol mission over the Bay of Biscay. They turned around at 11:30, but three hours later, due to heavy rain and poor visibility, their plane clipped Bossington Hill and crashed in the marsh at Porlock, England, killing 11 of the crew. SSgt Thorpe was the sole survivor.
1Lt Riess is now buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio, USA.