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Post March, 1957 period, US Army 2 Uniform grouping, belonging to Infantry Brigadier General, named: "Royal Reynolds, Jr.", ex-"Gorilla" fighter from the famous "Bataan Death March"
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This is a 2 uniform grouping (plus many "extras"). The uniforms all belonged to US Army, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "Royal Reynolds, Jr.". Reynolds had a FASCINATING! Army career as will be discussed below, but 1st the technical details pertaining to each item. The 1st uniform is a undated / tagged, Shirt, Man's, Utility, OG107. It is in low-mint condition throughout. Each upper collar lapel has a embroidered and then sewn on white (not the crappy subdued), matching, General's star insignia. The brown buttons are correct as are their attaching thread. There is a white name tape found sewn over the right breast pocket. It has "Reynolds" ink printed on and it shows proper white and green color sewing and age shrinkage in back. There is a "US Army", black and yellow embroidered tape found sewn on the left breast. It also has proper black and green color sewing and shrinkage. The bi-color usage of threads is quite rare to find as it was a lot of effort to do.

Sewn just above the US Army tape is a unusual "Basic Parachutist Badge". It is unique in that it is in khaki and white color, which should not have been used on this type of shirt uniform. But alas - soldiers often used whatever was at hand - and this drives the uninitiated collectors nuts! The threading used on this patch exactly matches that found on the US Army tape - which it should not do. But as said above, using the proper combination of threading took a lot of effort, so the tailor here just used the same bobbins of threads for both the upper and lower patches to save time/effort. Sewn on the upper left shoulder is a post 1951 period Infantry Center & School "Follow Me" patch. It has really cool, correct blue and green color attaching threading (no effort spared here!). It also has correct shrinkage.

The number 2 uniform is a winter coat. It has a large inside neck area tag which reads: "Jacket, Field, M-1943". There is another factory tag found sewn inside the lower right pocket, but it is to faded to read anymore. Now get ready for the best proof of provenance you could ever ask for: inside the jacket is a gigantic 1 foot long ink stamp that reads: "Royal Reynolds, Col. O-19238"! WOW, how's that for evidence! That should satisfy even the most hard-nosed fuss-budget! The jacket exterior is excellent and only shows washing and ironing wear which gives this jacket a great multi-toned appearance. Each shoulder epaulette has a snap on "Combat Leaders", green color slider. And each slider has a white color, embroidered and then sewn on, matching, General's star insignia. They even match the other pair found on the above mentioned 1st uniform (how thoughtful of him!).

He has a white cloth name tape with the inked on name of: "Reynolds" sewn on the upper right breast. Once again the tailor used both white and green color threading (do we see a pattern here - well read on). The "US Army" tape is sewn on the left breast and it is of the black and yellow embroidered type, and it matches the one sewn on the 1st uniform shirt (thanks General!). It too has the cool 2 color threading of black and green. This tape shows that an earlier one once was there. Both tapes show nice inside shrinkage as should be expected. Sewn on the upper left shoulder is a nice 2nd Infantry Division patch, and yep - you got it - it is once again sewn on with matching black and green threading (you gotta love this tailor!). There is a faded spot on the upper right shoulder for a missing shield shape patch for past combat service. This patch could have been for the 57th Infantry Regiment "Philippine Scouts", for WWII combat, or for the 17th Infantry Regiment for his combat service in Korea. We believe it was probably the patch for the latter regiment, but either would be correct. We will discuss the FANTASTIC history of the "Philippine Scouts" further on down - as if you didn't already know about this most famous of units anyway, but mention it we must, just in case if the buyer is unaware of the value of the history of this most famous of all units.

The next piece of uniform material is a pair of WWII to the 1955 period, Officer's, OD Drab, or "Pinks" breeches. They are in a low-excellent condition. They do not have leg laces anymore (easy to find). They are in fact his, but are of the common re-issued type. They show re-issuing to 7 different Officers, but none of the 7 different serial numbers matches that of Reynolds. There is a very faded and tattered name tag just barely on inside showing a fantastic pre-WWII 1930's date and name (6/20/35?) (Major? Wood?).

There are several other interesting items included with this grouping. the 1st items are 3 large photos obtained by the museum's researcher of General Reynolds wearing his medals on his Army Green Uniform. The 3rd photo of him shows him wearing a field jacket similar to the one included in this grouping. The next inclusion is of a very large and heavy, 1962 dated wood plaque. Lastly, there is a 2nd very large and heavy, 1961 dated wood plaque presented to him as the Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division. The museum will also include 23 pages of very detailed biographical information on General Reynolds.

Comments from the Curator:

Of all the military items that can be collected these days, few rival the great rarity and popularity of any "Philippine Scouts" items. No introduction should be needed on this extremely well known combat unit. But perchance the purchaser is new to the collecting field and somewhat uninitiated - we will provide some brief history. The Philippine Island Scouts go back to the 1980's Spanish American War period. They were fierce fighters known and feared for their proficient and plentiful use of the knife. The P.I.S. were both Infantry and Cavalry. It was comprised mainly, but not exclusively of indigenous Filipinos, commanded by white Officer's and (mostly) N.C.O.'s. These P.I.S. often fought against the Muslim Moro Indians of the P.I. chain. In early 1942 Japan attacked the P. Islands. The P.I.S. were the last US Troops to fight on horse, and the last to fight - period. As the US Troops surrendered at Bataan, they were forced to match many miles to prison - being starved, bayoneted, and abused all the way - suffering a great many casualties. This was the infamous "Bataan Death March" of historical infamy. Then Major Reynolds was captured and then ESCAPED! from this Death March - which is an unbelievable feat. He then joined with some surviving P.I.S. and others and became u>GORILLA fighters against the occupying Imperial Japanese Army FOrces of the torturous General Yamashita. Major Reynolds fought the Japanese until 1945 when the Americans re-took the islands. The Bataan Death March soldiers suffered immeasurably during the march, but their fate was to be even worse for some. Many more died in the P.I. P.O.W. camps, and in 1945 the few survivors were packed like cord wood in a couple of tramp steamers for shipment to Japan to get them away from the war zone and possible liberation. Unfortunately, these ships were sunk with most hands by US submarines who tragically were unaware of their human cargo. For a soldier to have escaped from the carnage of the "Bataan Death March", then the horrors of the P.I. prison camps, and again the tragedy of the Japanese "Death Ships"; this is a story like no other. And Major Reynolds was there witness to it all. This is a very rare chance for a collector to obtain a piece of world history like no other. This is an impossible to improve upon grouping for the discriminating collector.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE OTHER 2 UNIFORM GROUPING WE HAVE LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE TO BRIGADIER GENERAL REYNOLDS (just type W96 in the search bar)

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