Simon W. Reynolds
40th Infantry Division
108th Infantry Regiment
Three sons of veteran Simon Reynolds receive his long overdue Bronze Star Medal at the Veterans Memorial in Garner, NC. Reynolds, who was from Cincinnati OH, was a machine gunner in WWII. He participated in an amphibious landing and the ultimate Liberation of the Philippines. After the Japanese surrender, Reynolds along with the division participated in occupational duties in Japan.
The Bronze Star citation reads:
“For meritorious achievement in active ground combat against the enemy on 20 May 1945, while servicing with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 108th infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in support of the Sunburst Division’s assault landing at Macajalar Bay during the Battle of Mindanao. Private First Class Reynolds’ exemplary performance of duty in active ground combat was in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 108th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division and the Army of the United States.”
Reynolds’ other decorations include the:
Combat Infantry Badge
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Army Good Conduct Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/arrowhead & 3 campaign stars
WWII Victory Medal
Army of the Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp
Philippine Liberation Medal w/1 Bronze Star.
Garner, N. Carolina (2014)