From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Reybold '26

Date of birth: January 11, 1903

Date of death: March 19, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From Navsource:

John Keane Reybold was born at Delaware City, Del. on 11 January 1903, was appointed midshipman 13 July 1922 and commissioned ensign on 3 June 1926. Having served in various ships including Idaho, Utah, Simpson (on the Asiatic Station), and Omaha, he assumed command of Cowell, on 17 June 1940. Detached on 23 September, he briefly commanded Claxton and on 31 October assumed command of Dickerson (DD 157). [Promoted to] lieutenant commander on 1 January 1941, he commanded Dickerson on Neutrality Patrol and, after December 1941, on coastal patrol and Icelandic convoy escort duty until 19 March 1942. On that date, Dickerson, enroute to Norfolk, was fired on by a nervous merchantman, SS Liberator. Liberator's shells hit the destroyer's charthouse, killing Lt. Comdr. Reybold and three others.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in New York.

John is listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.


USS Reybold (DE 177) was named for John; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Class of 1926

John is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.