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USS Reynolds (DE 42)

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N - P - E - F
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/8 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Reynolds (DE 42) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1943: Keel laid as BDE-42 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 15 June 1943: Redesignated DE 42
  • 23 June 1943: Named Reynolds
  • 01 August 1943: Launched at the Puget Sound Navy Yard
  • 08 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Edward P. Adams in command; just prior to commissioning, she was christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. L. Reynolds, widow of Ensign Reynolds
  • 05 December 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 28 April 1947: Sold for scrapping to John L. Key, San Francisco, Cal.
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    50k Dudley Louis Reynolds was born at Blair, Nebr. on 20 November 1910. At some point his mother remarried and moved the family to Fort Dodge, Iowa. After graduating high school, Reynolds enlisted in the Navy on 04 January 1928. Moving up through the ranks he was appointed a Warranted Machinist on 18 February 1938, and was commissioned ensign on 23 July 1942. He served briefly in USS Saratoga (CV 3) during February and March 1938, then reported for duty in USS Pensacola (CA 24). Ensign Reynolds was killed on 30 November 1942 aboard Pensacola during action against the Japanese in the Battle of Tassafaronga in the Solomon Islands.

    USS Reynolds (DE 42) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Des Moines Register, Sunday, 12 December 1943.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    200k 15 November 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - A port quarter view of USS Reynolds taken off the Puget Sound Navy Yard. She is shown while conducting trials after her commissioning on 08 November. David Buell


    John Epp
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    120k undated: A port bow view of Reynolds, taken from USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83) during a high-line. Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    87k 20 February 1945: A port bow view, taken from USS Windham Bay (CVE 92) as Reynolds approaches. William Hock
    794k 15 November 1945: San Francisco, Cal. - Crew portrait taken just before the decommissioning of USS Reynolds. In the last row, sixteenth from the left, is Fireman 1st Class Charles A. Wible, the grandfather of Mark's wife Kathleen. Charles Wible joined the Navy on 15 January 1943 at the Naval Recruiting Station in Washington, D.C. He reported aboard Reynolds on 01 November 1943 and served in her until he was transferred to the Receiving Station at Treasure Island, Calif. on 21 November 1945. He passed away in 2019. Mark Schlickberndt
    Mechanicsville, Md.

    Reynolds History
    View the USS Reynolds (DE 42) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Reynolds as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Reynold's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Nov. 1943 - 17 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Edward Payson Adams, USNR (Comm. CO) (Worcester, Mass.)
    2.) 17 Aug. 1944 - 16 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Harry Marvin-Smith, USNR (Old Forge, N.Y.)
    3.) 16 Jul. 1945 - 27 Oct. 1945Lcdr. David William Shean Jr., USNR (Arlington, Mass.)
    4.) 27 Oct. 1945 - 05 Dec. 1945Lt. William Joseph Gieszl, USN (Decomm. CO) (Phoenix, Ariz.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Name: William J. Hock
    Address: 922 Elizabeth Court
    City / State: Lapeer MI 48446
    Phone: (810) 664-4606
    E-mail: wmjhock at
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