Bridge naming caps effort to honor Marine
Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds recognized with signs at Route 9 location in Freehold
BY CLARE MARIE CELANO - News Transcript - 2 June 2010
United States Marine Corps Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds may no longer walk the streets of
Freehold, but the memory of a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation will live on
forever in his hometown.
Reynolds was killed in action in Korea on Nov. 29, 1950. He was 20 years old at the time of
his death in the Korean War. Reynolds was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the
On May 18 signs bearing Reynolds’ name and the insignia of the U.S. Marine Corps were
placed on both sides of the bridge that carries Route 9 over Throckmorton Street, Freehold.
The St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, where Reynolds is buried, can be seen from the bridge that
now bears his name.
Detachment member Dan Savino began the process four years ago with two goals in mind
— to get Reynolds a military burial he deserved and never had, and to rename the Route 9
bridge over Throckmorton Street in his honor.
Although Reynolds was killed in 1950, his body was not returned to the United States until
1955. At that time he was buried at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery without military honors.
On Nov. 29, 2009 — 50 years to the day that Reynolds died — those honors were bestowed
upon Reynolds. More than 200 guests, including family members, gathered at his gravesite
to pay tribute to and to honor the fallen hero. The military honors burial included the playing
of taps, a gun salute and a flag presentation.
Reynolds was a native and lifelong resident of Freehold Borough. According to his family, he
came from a large, loving family and was regarded as a fun-loving person.
A dedication ceremony for the signs that honor Reynolds and now stand on either side of
the Route 9 bridge was held on the morning of May 18 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall
Reynolds sister, Lucille Dill of Freehold Borough, was joined by six of her seven sons and an
entourage of family members and friends, including Ed Roth, who served in the same
company as Reynolds. Savino and local officials were also on hand.
Barbara McMorrow, a former Monmouth County freeholder and former member of the
Borough Council in Freehold Borough, said, “This process did three things. It gave Cpl.
Reynolds the military burial he deserved, named the bridge in his honor which he deserved,
and now we all know who Cpl. Reynolds is. There is a saying that the Marines always need
a few good men. We have a great man in Dan Savino. He came to me with a mission. The
wheels of government began to roll, but they rolled slowly.”
McMorrow said that over the course of several years, Savino kept hope alive as efforts
continued to publicly recognize Reynolds.
State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth and Mercer) said it was an honor to be with Savino,
the Marines and her colleagues to honor Reynolds.
“Today we honor a man who gave up his life for his country, the young man who was full of
spirit and compassion, a true leader, a loyal friend. We also honor all those who have
protected our freedom,” Beck said.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (RMonmouth and Mercer) said she was sorry that
heavy rain prevented the sign ceremony from being held near the Route 9 bridge, but she
said that having the dedication in the VFW hall “seemed fitting and right.”
She thanked Savino for the tenacity he displayed to stick with the project until all bases had
Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry said, “We have not forgotten Cpl.
Reynolds. This is not just about Cpl. Reynolds, however, but about all the other servicemen
and servicewomen who gave up their lives to protect our liberties.”
Savino, who listened quietly to the accolades being directed toward him, said he was not a
very accomplished speaker.
“But I listened to people say many good things about me. I did not do this alone,” he said.
“I had a lot of support from legislators and from the men in the red blazers (his fellow former
Marines). Without these people I would not be standing here dedicating this bridge to Cpl.
Dill said she was proud and happy that the effort had reached its conclusion.
“It was a beautiful ceremony. There is nothing you could think of that was not done,” Dill
said. “They all did a beautiful job.”
She reiterated her previous statement that “everyone should remember that although this
bridge will carry Philip’s name, it is really a memorial to all veterans and I believe that is the
way Philip would have wanted it.”
Dill’s brother, Mark, who lives in Shrewsbury, could not attend the ceremony. They are the
two surviving of 10 Reynolds siblings.
Naming of bridge honors Reynolds
U.S. Marine from Freehold was killed in action in Korea
BY CLARE MARIE CELANO - News Transcript – 30 September 2009
FREEHOLD — After a long legislative and fundraising process, the bridge that carries Route 9
over Throckmorton Street will be renamed the Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Memorial Bridge.
According to Reynolds' sister, Lucille Dill, of Freehold Township, this is something that makes
her very proud.
"But as I have said before, everyone should remember that although the bridge will carry
Philip's name, it is truly a memorial to all veterans and I believe that is the way Philip would
have wanted it."
Reynolds, 20, a U.S. Marine, was killed in action in Korea on Nov. 29, 1950. He was
posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
Dill said she is looking forward to attending the dedication ceremony of the bridge, which
she said will take place on Nov. 29, the anniversary of her brother's death.
Dan Savino, of the Marine Corps League Cpl. Phillip A. Reynolds Detachment, Freehold, said
the process of trying to have the bridge renamed in Reynolds' honor began about three
Savino is a past chaplain and a past junior vice commandant of the detachment.
"The first person to work on the bill was state Sen. Jennifer Beck, who was an
assemblywoman at the time," Savino said. "Next, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
picked up the work. These bills were to appropriate $2,500 for the sign."
Savino said he sent letters to every state representative from Gov. Jon Corzine to local
officials asking for support for the renaming of the bridge.
While the bills were awaiting action in the Legislature, Savino said, he decided to try to raise
the money through fundraising with the help of the detachment. He said that through word
of mouth and local publicity, money began coming in and enough was raised to provide a
No funding from the state was received.
Plans are being made to give Reynolds, who is buried at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery on
Throckmorton Street, a full military honor memorial service. Reynolds did not had a military
"He was killed in 1950, but did not come back to the United States until 1955," Savino said,
adding that it is uncertain why that delay occurred.
Corzine recently signed the bill that names the bridge in Reynolds' honor.
Casagrande said, "Cpl. Philip Reynolds gave his life in the service of his country during the
Korean War and his sacrifice was such that his fellow Marines took it upon themselves to
raise all of the money needed to rename the bridge. This bridge will not only be a testament
to Cpl. Reynolds, but to the Marine Corps League Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment, who
made it their mission to honor their fallen comrade without funding from the state. This goes
to show what a group of dedicated and determined people can accomplish when they
believe in their goal."
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon said, "We must remember the fallen soldiers who have
made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and I am proud to have sponsored this bill with
Assemblywoman Casagrande and Sen. Beck to honor Cpl. Reynolds, a United States Marine
who lost his life in the service of his country over 50 years ago. May his sacrifice never be
"The signing of this law has been a long time coming," Beck said, "and I am pleased this day
has finally arrived. We have so many brave men and women who have given their lives for
our country, and it speaks very highly of Cpl. Reynolds' memory that all these years later he
is being honored by the very detachment that bears his name. It is because of their hard
work and dedication that this bill will be signed into law, while not asking for a dime of
funding from the state."
Marine Corps League
Corporal Philip A. Reynolds Detachment 203