CRAIG O. REYNOLDS, LT, USN
Craig Reynolds '73
Date of birth: October 18, 1951
Date of death: March 22, 1978
Craig was lost on March 22, 1978 when the SH-3H he was piloting crashed during a combat search & rescue exercise near Fallon, Nevada. All five crewmen aboard were lost. They were all members of HS-4 stationed at NAS North Island. (Information courtesy Brian Rich.)
From his roommate, CDR Brian Rich, USN (Ret.), via email on June 8, 2018:
Craig came to Navy from Oklahoma. We would sometimes kid him about coming to Annapolis without knowing what the ocean looked like. To wit, swimming was his toughest task at Navy. He would stroke, kick, breathe - and slowly sink to the bottom of the pool. We could never figure it out.
He was a very quiet guy, especially in the mornings. He hated early classes. We were roommates for all four years at USNA, and I bet he never said a dozen words before noon.
In any group of 30 guys, there will inevitably be groups that form. Craig transcended them all. He felt comfortable with everybody, and they all called him their friend.
Craig was literally so smart that he had never really studied in High School. It was easy for him. He came to USNA and the time constraints of Plebe Year and the academic challenges involved were hard on him at first because he lacked organized study skills. Over the summer after Plebe year, while at home, his brother Dwight, who was pre-med at the University Oklahoma, got Craig into a summer class on how to study. Craig returned for Youngster year, and got straight A’s until he graduated three years later. He was that bright.
He was a devoted husband to Rhonda, who he had dated since High School. He was a Christian, and he was the best roommate a Mid could have for 4 years. I am a better person for having known him.
Brian Rich, CDR USN (ret)
Stephen Labarre '74 was also lost in this crash.