Russell Burton Reynolds

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Russell Burton Reynolds
Russell B. Reynolds.jpg
Born (1894-12-24)December 24, 1894
Dundee, Michigan
Died December 7, 1970(1970-12-07) (aged 75)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1949
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Unit Chief of Special Service Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)

Russell Burton Reynolds[1] (December 24, 1894 - December 7, 1970) was a Major General in the United States Army. During World War II, he served as an Director of Military Personnel Division of the Army Service Forces.


Reynolds was born on December 24, 1894 to Sydney and Nellie Reynolds in Dundee, Michigan.[2] He would attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On January 12, 1918 he married Florine Janney. They would have a son, Russell Burton Reynolds, Jr.. Reynolds died on December 8, 1970. He is buried with Florine at Arlington National Cemetery.

Military career[edit]

Reynolds originally joined the Army in 1917 and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. He would serve as Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1925 to 1929 and at Ripon College from 1936 to 1937. From 1929 to 1933 he served as an instructor at the United States Army Infantry School.

During World War II he was Director of the Military Personnel Division of the Army Service Forces. Following the war he presided over the commission that tried Tomoyuki Yamashita. Later he would serve as Chief of Special Service of the United States Department of the Army.


Awards he received include the Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster,[3] World War I Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Bronze oak leaf cluster