LENARD O. REICHEL, LT, USN
Lenard Reichel '39
Date of birth: April 11, 1915
Date of death: January 5, 1943
From the 1939 Lucky Bag:
Details are missing, but Lenard was a pilot with Cruiser Scouting Squadron Detachment (Tulagi), Guadalcanal, when he was declared missing on January 5, 1943.
His wife, Katherine, was listed as next of kin.
He appears to have served aboard USS Northampton (CA 26) — likely as a member of the scouting detachment — prior to that ship's loss at the Battle of Tassafaronga on December 1, 1942.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Leonard O. Reichel, United States Navy, for gallantry in action as a Patrol Plane Pilot in the Solomon Islands from December to January 1943. Lieutenant Reichel participated in many hazardous operations despite extremely unfavorable weather. On twelve occasions he assisted PT-boat squadrons by illuminating evasive hostile targets in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Action Date: August - January 1943
Battalion: Patrol Squadron
(Note misspelling of first name. Middle initial and home of record (Los Angeles) are both consistent with Lenard, as is his service as a pilot in a patrol squadron.)