S1c Jack Franklyn Reynolds

Unknown Sailor

S1c Jack Franklyn Reynolds

Jack Franklin Reynolds was about 13 when he became a Sea Scout, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts dedicated to water sports and safety. 

There was plenty of water near his hometown of Irondequoit, New York — a suburb of Rochester surrounded on three sides by water, including Lake Ontario. He became a Sea Scout troop leader and served until he enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 16, 1940 and went aboard the U.S.S. Arizona on Dec. 10.

Less than a year later, Mr. Reynolds was a seaman first class on the Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Sea Scouts and American Legion Post 134 honored him at a memorial service in February 1942 at the Lutheran Church of Transfiguration. That spring his parents donated organ chimes to the church in his memory.

Mr. Reynolds was born April 7, 1919 to Arnold Reynolds, a machinist, and Edythe Graham Reynolds, a homemaker. The son graduated from Franklin High School in Irondequoit.

His brother, Earl, served in the Army from November 1942 through April 1946.


Sources: the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York; Census; Navy muster rolls; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file; New York birth index. ​​This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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