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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., Newark, N.J.
  • 22 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Tilden Reynolds
  • 2 May 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lcdr Edwin K. Winn in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at Naval Station, San Diego
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned
  • 7 February 1957: Decommissioned at Naval Station, Treasure Island, Cal., Loaned to Portugal, renamed NRP Corte Real (F-334)
  • 1 November 1968: Stricken from the NVR
  • 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 fighting to defend Henderson Field. Private Reynolds was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for the conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity without regard for his personal safety. His other awards included 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
    McCoy Reynolds 58k 22 February 1944: Newark NJ - 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 NJ - USS McCoy Reynolds sliding down the launching ways at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
    McCoy Reynolds 86k underway off San Diego, 1944 (Photo © Bob Schank) Captain John James
    McCoy Reynolds 49k July 1944, location unknown Robert Hurst
    McCoy Reynolds 59k circa 1959: NRP Corte Real (F-334) underway. (Official Portuguese Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1959-60")
    McCoy Reynolds 51k circa 1966: Serving the Portuguese Navy as NRP Corte Real (F-334).

    McCoy Reynolds Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    McCoy Reynolds
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

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

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

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