John Eugene Reynolds

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
08 October 1949 - 07 August 1968
Linesville, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Eugene Reynolds

05 Sep 1999

John was a very best friend of mine, who communicated with me in detail while he was in Vietnam.

We were closer than friends, but only shared a kiss....

We had plans for the future, however he was 18 years old and I was 17 before he was drafted.

I may say, I lost the best friend in my life ... through this war.

Linda Coleman

Marine Pvt. John E. Reynolds was killed in action last Wednesday in Vietnam.

A son of Mr. and Mrs Carl E. Reynolds, R. D. 2, Linesville. He died Wednesday August 7, 1968, from fragmentation wounds by a hostile grenade while on patrol with his assault squad which provided security around the air base in DaNang.

Pfc. Reynolds was born Oct. 8, 1949. He was a 1966 graduate of LCS High School.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps Oct. 12, 1967, and completed basic training at Parris Island, S.C.

He left Camp Pendleton, Calif, on March 22, 1968 for Vietnam.

From the Linesville Herald, Thursday, August 15, 1968.


Day by day we fight like mad,
But way down deep I'm awful sad,
Vietnam is an awful place,
To try to kill and leave no trace.

With steel pots upon our head,
We fight like mad and duck hot lead.

We patrol and kill V. C.
Just to keep America free.

Our Marine Corps color is gold;
It shows the world that we are bold.

And the other color is red;
It represents the blood we've shed.

Thirteen months of fighting Cong,
And you can't do one thing wrong.

They give an order to take a hill,
You say to yourself, will I have to kill?

You know the Cong are someplace near,
But whatever you do, you cannot fear.

So they say the Cong are mean
But you're the Marine with the M-16

During patrol we think of home.
But there again I'm not alone.

Some day soon I will board the plane
That will bring me back from where I came.

Pfc. John E Reynolds
South Vietnam

16 Jan 2004

Looking through the pages of my old home town one of the first things that caught my eye was the dedication to a young United States Marine who was killed in Vietnam.

First and foremost what caught my eye was this man's name.

I went to Linesville to school and was friends with some of his relatives. Shirley was a couple years older than me and Nata, who I was very fond of along with the other Junior High cheerleaders.

I miss the old friends and am proud to say that I was a United States Marine who served for 20 years and retired with the Emblem of the finest fighting force in the world.

To you, John: I am proud to say that I knew your relatives and know that you did not die in vain.


Paul Currie

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a friend,
Linda Coleman

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Sep 1999
Last updated 01/29/2008