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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: April 8, 1950
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1945 Reynolds LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Robert Durward Reynolds

Cuylerville, New York

Bob arrived on the Severn straight from the farm, with a way-stop at the University of Michigan. How this background fits him for a naval career is a mystery, but he really gets this nautical stuff. Besides fighting the Nav and Seamo profs to considerably better than a draw, he spent most of what we laughingly called free time on the water. He pulled a very lusty oar in the crew, and got his command ticket for yawls. Almost every afternoon found him somewhere on the water, either sweating over his oar or lolling on the helm of a Yawl. Fair winds and good luck to a real sailor.

Crew 4, 3, 1, '45, NA; Boat Club 4, 3, 1; Reception Committee 4, 3; French Club 4, 3, 1.

He was a member of the 19th Company staff (2nd set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Bob was one of ten crewmen lost when their PB4Y-2 patrol bomber was shot down by Soviet fighters off the coast of Latvia on April 8, 1950.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Robert Durward Reynolds (NSN: 0-36853), United States Navy, for outstanding and heroic service in the performance of duty in an aerial flight as a member of the aircrew of a United States Navy Privateer airplane (PB4Y2) during a flight over the Baltic Sea, 8 April 1950. Taking off in an unarmed patrol plane from Wiesbaden, Germany, on 8 April, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Reynolds participated in a flight over the Baltic Sea. Performing his assigned tasks with courage and skill on this peacetime mission from which his plane failed to return, he rendered outstanding service to the Navy and to his country. His performance of duty under hazardous flight conditions reflects great credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Reynolds and upholds the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (June 1950)
Action Date: April 8, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Every member of the crew was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously.

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Jo Humes '45 was also in 19th Company.

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