Capt. Stewart Shirley Reynolds, USN

U.S. Navy Capt. Stewart Shirley Reynolds, son of Capt. Ziba Wells Reynolds (Supply Corps), was born in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, in May 1896. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After two years at Lafayette College, he transferred to Yale University. When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, he enlisted as a Seaman in the Naval Reserve along with all the members of the senior class in his fraternity.

Reynolds graduated from Yale after completing his reserve duty and then continued his career in the U.S. Navy in 1918 as an Ensign. His early service was onboard USS Housatonic (SP-1697) laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage in an effort to restrict the movements of German submarines.

In January 1928, he married Jane Keck of Coronado at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado. He was the Executive Officer of USS Whipple (DD-217) and USS Moody (DD 277) and commanded the USS Truxton (DD-229) and USS Kennebec (AO-36). In 1942, the Kennebec supported the American invasion of North Africa.

In 1944 and 1945, he commanded the USS Barnett (ATA-5) carrying troops to Utah Beach at Normandy, and later supported the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Transiting to the Pacific theater, the Barnett took part in the Okinawa assault, earning the Navy Unit Citation.

In his Naval Service, his duty stations ranged from San Diego to Philadelphia to Key West, Florida, to the old China Station to San Francisco until he retired as a captain and returned to Coronado. As a young Lieutenant in Key West in the late 1920s, he had even become friends with Ernest Hemingway.

An avid tennis player, he regularly participated in, and won, tournaments at the Hotel del Coronado. Reynolds was able to play many musical instruments by ear. His son, Nick Reynolds, would go on to form The Kingston Trio and credits his ability to learn complex harmony arrangements from family sing-alongs in Coronado with his father, mother, and sisters Barbara Reynolds Haines and Jane Reynolds Meade. Reynolds passed away in June 1975. His grandson, Robbie Haynes, would win Olympic Gold in sailing.

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