He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 8 November 1941. On 23 January 1944, B-24J, # 42-73067 (“Rangoon Rosie”), departed Madhaigunj, India, on a bombing mission to Mergui, Malayan Peninsula. It was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron. It was seen to crash at about 1610 hours at 12º30’ North - 95º 30’ East, in Malaya, shot down by enemy aircraft. It was noted to be a battle casualty. Its crew were killed in action, except TSgt Grant L. Butcher, who was wounded and captured by the Japanese. A Graves Registration team recovered remains from where crew was buried. Unable to distinguish the remains, they were buried in a single casket group burial in Arlington National Cemetery 25 July 1949, Section 34, grave 5023. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Richard H. Reynolds Jr., born 29 January 1928, served in the U.S. Army during WW II as well. He was a Corporal in the 4025 Signals Service Group. He died 12 July 1966 and is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

 

His brother, Earl R. Reynolds, born 14 January 1935, Morrow, Ohio, graduated from Highland H.S. and enlisted in the USAF. He served in the U.S. Air Force, a Technical Sergeant, for 21 years, maintaining avionics and radar aircraft systems, including a one-year 1969 Vietnam tour. He retired in 1974. He died 8 August 2015 in Selah, Yakima Co., Washington’

 

His brother, Wilson F. Reynolds, born 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, on 6 June 1945. He died 4 October 1987 in Salinas, Monterey Co., California.

BAUMGARTNER, BERNARD A., Staff Sergeant, # 16021719, USAAF

 

Bernard A. Baumgartner was born 10 September 1919 in Stambaugh, Iron County, Michigan, to Adolph Baumgartner (1879-1956) and Minnie May (White) Baumgartner (1884-1967). Siblings included Everett Joseph Baumgartner (1909-1985), Vernice M. Baumgartner (1911-1995), Frances L. Baumgartner (1912-1993), Leo Isaac Baumgartner (1914-1999), Lawrence E. Baumgartner (1915-1999), Adolph Joseph Baumgartner (1922-1993) and another sister.