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USS Reynolds (DE 42)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
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 and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. L. Reynolds, widow of Ensign Reynolds
  • 08 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Edward P. Adams in command
  • 05 December 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal. after 2.1 years 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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    Reynolds 87k 20 February 1945: port bow view, taken from USS Windham Bay (CVE 92) while Reynolds approaches. William Hock
    Reynolds 120k Undated: port bow view, taken from USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83) during a high-line. Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    Reynolds 124k Undated: port quarter view David Buell

    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
    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 / Lapeer MI 48446
    Phone: (810) 664-4606

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    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Reynolds

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