Corporal Philip A. Reynolds, USMC
Corporal Reynolds was a Marine from Freehold, New Jersey who fought in the Korean War and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for valor. Our Detachment, based in Freehold took on his name to honor his memory.
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Philip A. Reynolds (MCSN: 1078521), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner of Company E, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, 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 in 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.