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USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - X - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Korean Service Medal w/ 1 star - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) Building and Operational Data:
  • 18 November 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 22 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Tilden Reynolds
  • 02 May 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lcdr. Edwin K. Winn in command
  • 14 November 1944: McCoy Reynolds, in company with Conklin (DE 439) sank the Japanese submarine I-37 100 miles west of Palaus
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at Naval Station, San Diego after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Ca., Lcdr. Peter S. Smith in command
  • 07 February 1957: Decommissioned at Hangar Three, Naval Station, Treasure Island, Cal. after 5 years and 10 month of service, Loaned to Portugal, renamed NRP Corte Real (F-334)
  • 01 November 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 7 years and 11 month of service
  • December 1968: Sold to Portugal
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    McCoy Reynolds
    28k McCoy Reynolds was born 23 September 1916 in Pippapasses, Ky., the 6th child and 4th son of Jonas Tilden Reynolds and Rosabelle Short. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Louisville, Ky., 23 January 1942. He was killed in action on Guadalcanal 25 November 1942 after boldly exposing himself to destroy a Japanese machinegun nest in the fighting to defend Henderson Field. Private Reynolds was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity without regard for his personal safety. His other awards include the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

    USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) (1944-1957) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo provided by Phyllis Reynolds Goelz, cousin of McCoy Reynolds)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    McCoy Reynolds
    58k 22 February 1944: Newark, N.J. - Mrs. Tilden Reynolds, McCoy Reynolds' mother, christens the USS McCoy Reynolds at the Federal Shipbuilding Yard. Phyllis Reynolds Goelz
    cousin of
    McCoy Reynolds
    McCoy Reynolds
    54k 22 February 1944: Newark, N.J. - USS McCoy Reynolds sliding down the launching ways at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
    McCoy Reynolds
    453k 19 May 1944: Lower New York Bay - USS McCoy Reynolds underway in New York Harbor. She had gotten underway that morning from Pier 42 on the North River (the lower Hudson River) and returned to berth 19 at the New York Navy Yard at 1442 that afternoon.
    (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    McCoy Reynolds
    86k USS McCoy Reynolds underway off San Diego, 1944
    (Photo © Bob Schank)
    Captain John James
    McCoy Reynolds
    49k July 1944, location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    McCoy Reynolds
    357k undated post-war image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    McCoy Reynolds
    234k July 1958: location unknown
    McCoy Reynolds
    59k circa 1959: NRP Corte Real (F-334) underway.
    (Official Portuguese Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1959-60")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    McCoy Reynolds
    51k circa 1966: Serving the Portuguese Navy as NRP Corte Real (F-334).

    McCoy Reynolds

    Launch Button
    McCoy Reynolds
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    McCoy Reynolds History
    View the USS McCoy Reynolds (DE 440) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    McCoy Reynolds' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 02 May 1944 18 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Edwin K. Winn, USNR
    2.) 18 Feb. 1945 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. John W. James, USNR
    3.) .. .... 1945 13 Mar. 1946Lt. William T. Cavanaugh, USNR
    5.) 29 Mar. 1951 - .. .... 1952Lcdr. Peter Sterling Smith (USNA 42) (Kansas City, Kan.)
    6.) .. .... 1952 - .. May 1954Lcdr. Carl Anton Turner (USNA 42) (Charles City, Iowa)
    7.) .. May 1954 - .. Feb. 1956Cmdr. Ralph (Swede) Morgan Hanson (USNA 43) (Graceville, Minn.)
    8.) .. Feb. 1956 - 07 Feb. 1957Cmdr. James Ward Montgomery (USNA 45) (Malden, Mo.) (ret. as Adm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Ray Heller
    Address: PO Box 85305
    City/State: Racine WI 53408-5231
    Phone: (262) 886-8557
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