Marine Corps League

Corporal Philip A. Reynolds Detachment 203

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TAKES PRIDE IN
PRESENTING THE

SILVER STAR MEDAL POSTHUMOUSLY TO

CORPORAL PHILIP A. REYNOLDS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

FOR SERVICES AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING CITATION:
"FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY WHILE SERVING AS A MACHINE GUNNER OF COMPANY E, SECOND BATTALION, FIRST MARINES, FIRST MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED), IN ACTION AGAINST ENEMY AGGRESSOR FORCES IN KOREA ON 29 NOVEMBER 1950. WITH HIS COMPANY UNDER ATTACK BY A VASTLY OUTNUMBERING HOSTILE FORCE, CORPORAL REYNOLDS REPEATEDLY EXPOSED HIMSELF TO A DEVASTATING BARRAGE OF ENEMY AUTOMATIC-WEAPONS AND SMALL-ARMS FIRE TO DELIVER A LARGE VOLUME OF ACCURATE FIRE ON THE ATTACKERS.  MORTALLY WOUNDED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO CLEAR HIS GUN AND PUT IT BACK INTO OPERATION AFTER IT HAD JAMMED DURING THE FURIOUS ACTION, CORPORAL REYNOLDS SERVED TO INSPIRE HIS COMRADES TO HEROIC EFFORTS AND CONTRIBUTED IMMEASURABLY TO THE SUCCESSFUL REPULSE OF THE ENEMY ATTACK. HIS OUTSTANDING COURAGE AND LOYAL DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING ODDS WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE. HE GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY."

FOR THE PRESIDENT
R. M. ANDERSON