From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Reynolds '45

Date of birth: July 20, 1921

Date of death: April 8, 1950

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:


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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Memorial Hall Error

Though his death was due to hostile enemy forces, Robert is not listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1945

Robert is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.