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In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds (Read 4075 times)
Mike Houlahan
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In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Feb 14th, 2004, 2:39pm
 
Originally posted on 16:25:20 02/12/03

One of the pillars of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society was lost to us in late November with the passing of Brigadier General Royal Reynolds a few weeks after his 93rd birthday. General Reynolds was our Society's first President and, after stepping down following several years in that post, was chosen President Emeritus by acclamation. I invite you to read his obituary on our website, then comment on the life of service to country and community that so distinguished his stay among us.

Mike Houlahan
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Sen. John Patterson
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Re: In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Reply #1 - Feb 14th, 2004, 2:41pm
 
Originally posted on 16:32:48 02/12/03

General Reynolds, for reasons you've already heard from Mike and others, was very special to us all. In my case, my own uncle, Alexander R. Nininger, Jr., served in the General's battalion at the time of his death on Bataan.

When I got to know some of these special warriors beginning in the mid-1980's, it was obvious who the leader was and not just because of his rank. When we created the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society in 1989, General Reynolds became our first president.

I did an interview with the the General and Colonel Rosen in 1997, a transcript of which I've made available to the family.

Because it is the purpose of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society to keep alive the history and heritage of these extraordinary soldiers, I hope that other members of General Reynolds' family will stay in touch even though the General is gone.

Please accept our condolences. I hope to attend the funeral ceremony on the 23rd.

Sincerely,

John Patterson

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Mike Houlahan
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Re: In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Reply #2 - Feb 14th, 2004, 2:42pm
 
Originally posted on 16:37:34 02/12/03

Editor's note:

A memorial service for Brigadier General Royal Reynolds will be held at his grave site in Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on December 23, 2003. Those wishing to attend may join the other mourners at the Administration Building at 10:30 a.m. and follow the guide and hearse to the grave site.
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Maj. Fred Foz
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Re: In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Reply #3 - Feb 14th, 2004, 2:43pm
 
Originally posted on 08:00:16 07/12/03

OUR LAST GOODBYE TO BGEN ROYAL REYNOLDS, JR: Thank you Gen. Reynolds for leading us Philippine Scouts in the battlefields of Bataan. Thank you too for your efforts to lead organize the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society with Col. Olson and others. My visit with Filma at your home last August 2001 to pay our rspects to you -we bid goodbye not knowing that it was our
last. Filma and I will keep you in our prayers.
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Betty Little
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Re: In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Reply #4 - Feb 14th, 2004, 2:45pm
 
Originally posted on 21:00:44 07/12/03

My uncle, Brigadier General Royal Reynolds, jr., was the son of a physician in the Army Medical Corps, who retired as a Brigadier General. He served in the Philippines twice. Roy's sisters, Betty and Lucy, were born in Ilo Ilo and Manila, respectively. The family's connection with the Philippines was profound.

The following paragraphs come from my grandfather's memoir:

"One Sunday afternoon, the date was December 7, 1941, Romie and I were leaving the gym at West Point after a movie. We were then told of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Of course, the news was shocking to all Americans, but was particularly so to Romie and me as Betty with her husband Bill Allen and their two children were in Hawaii, and Roy, our son, was in the Philippines. Roy's wife, Jean, and baby daughter, Louise, had been evacuated from the Philippines before Pearl Harbor. I will not go into the history of events which followed except to say that Bill went off with his regiment and subsequently participated in the campaign in the South Pacific. Roy fought at Bataan, and after the surrender to the Japanese, he escaped to the Zambales Mountains. For nearly three years we had no word from Roy, and could get no information whatsoever as to his whereabouts or his fate. Happily, after enduring many hardships and the hazards for survival, he was rescued by our forces after MacArthur's "return" to the Philippines and their eventual landing at Lingayen Gulf off the coast of Luzon."

[Later in the memoir.]

"As I have stated, our son, Roy, escaped at the time of the surrender to the Japanese in the Philippines. We exhausted every means to learn his whereabouts or his fate, but not one word of information came to us until one day in March 1945. A cable arrived from General MacArthur's headquarters that read: Your son is safe in enemy territory and will soon be within the perimeter of the American forces. After three years of doubt as to whether Roy was alive, this message conveyed the most joyful news that parents could ever receive. Soon we learned that Roy had been rescued, and then a letter came from him. The excitement of the occasion was evident in every word of the letter."
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Re: In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Royal Reynolds
Reply #5 - Mar 8th, 2005, 4:35pm
 
This is my first message on this board, as I am a new member to PSHS.

I'm proud to say that Royal Reynolds was my uncle, and that I'm named after him. The family thought this was appropriate, because he was still missing in action when I was born.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the fine people I have met since my uncle's funeral. You are doing a wonderful job in keeping this chapter in American history alive.
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