James Stephen Reynolds, Jr
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Litchfield Park, Arizona
April 20, 1949 to February 23, 1969
JAMES S REYNOLDS Jr is on the Wall at Panel W31, Line 17

Combat Action Ribbon


According to the Arizona Republic 1969 news article, Private First Class, James S Reynolds, U.S. Marine Corps was killed in action in the Quang Nam Province during the second Tet Offensive in February 1969. A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, James Reynolds moved to the Phoenix area in 1959. A resident of Litchfield Park, Reynolds attended Agua Fria Union High School and Glendale Community College before joining the Marines in 1968. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

From the obituary of his mother, Marjorie Elise Reynolds, who passed away at age 87, he was the son of the late James Stephen Reynolds, USAF Major (Retired) and was survived four sisters, Kerrie Lynne (Don) Edwards of Arcola, IL, Jimmie Ann (Russell) Harper of Gilbert, Arizona, Michele Elise (Park) Howell of Phoenix, and Patricia Kay (the late Steve Schmidt) of Yuma, Arizona. His mother, at time of her death on May 9, 2012, had 16 grand children and 31 great grandchildren.

"Information below provided in Honor of the 1593 US Marines and USN Navy Corpsmen who served with the 7th Marine Regiment in Vietnam and paid the ultimate sacrifice for God, Corps, and Country with their lives."

-- Victor Vilionis, 7th Marines

During a daily road sweep for mines, the security patrol and engineer team came into contact with a large NVA force which engaged the unit with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), automatic weapons, and rifle fire near the Phuoc Hung village complex in Hieu Duc District. The Marines took cover returning fire, radioed for assistance, and requested close air and artillery support to combat the superior enemy force.

One of the Company's platoons that was nearby sent a reaction force of two squads to reinforce and assist the embattled Marines. The fire fight developed into a day long battle until the NVA withdrew into the surrounding high ground and pursuit became impossible. Six Marines were killed during the fire fight; ten were wounded requiring medical evacuation, PFC Reynolds was killed in action as a result of hostile rifle fire.

Marine casualties from this enemy contact were:

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