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 James G Reynolds, Jr

James G Reynolds, Jr

Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Death 12 May 1926 (aged 29)
Monroe, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_226_6
Memorial ID 151589 · View Source
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Son of James G Reynolds of Kentucky and Sarah Jane Peterson of Richfield, Utah

Never married


Military Funeral tribute Payed to Sevier County Soldier Boy.
Interment Made In Salt Lake

James G. Reynolds, Jr. a veteran of the World War died at his home in Monroe Wednesday evening, May 12. James died as he had wished to die, peacefully and surrounded by his parents and his brothers and sisters.

James Reynolds , was born in Richfield in April, 1896, and lived all his life except for the period when he was in the service of his country, in Sevier Valley. He was a graduate of the public schools at Monroe and a student for two years at the Monroe High School. He was an honest and unassuming boy and was liked by all who knew him. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Richfield September 19, 1917, and went to Camp Lewis shortly after. He was transferred to the 1st division and went to France. In General Pershing's great drive in June, 1918, James was wounded at the St. Mihiel front. He was with five other soldiers around a cannon when a shrapnel shell fired by the enemy struck this gun and exploded. Three of the six Americans were killed. James was seriously wounded in both arms. From these wounds he was in the hospital until late in the summer of 1918, when he went into active service with his company again. He remained there until the latter part of October, less than a month before the war ended when he was gassed at Verdun. From the effects of this gas he was kept in a hospital in France until the Spring of 1919, when he had recovered sufficiently to be sent home. In crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a large number of soldiers in a similar condition, flu broke out among them and James contracted this dread disease. It settled in his lungs and tuberculosis resulted. When he landed at South Carolina word was sent to his family at Monroe that his case was absolutely hopeless. His father immediately left for the bedside of his son. James rallied sufficiently to be taken by the government to Whipple Barracks, Arizona. The change of climate was beneficial to him, and the following year he came home. The government recognized his hopeless condition and granted him full compensation for his disability. During all of the time since he came back there has been a knowledge that at any moment the end might come; never able to work or to exert himself in the least without bringing on an attack of this disease from which he was suffering and a number of times being desperately ill, yet through all of this he never complained, but was always cheerful an optimistic.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Reynolds, three brothers, George, William and Dan, six sisters, Jennie, Nellie, Emma, Margaret, Mary and Florence.

Funeral services were held at the home Saturday, Rev. W.S. Young officiating. Dan Baker of Salina directed the music. The selections were "I Need Thee Every Hour," "Saved by Grace," "Nearer My God To Thee," and "One Sweetly Solemn Thought".

Rev. Young took as his subject "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord". Lawrence Jones also gave words of comfort and solace to the bereaved family, commenting upon the courteous, kind hearted and studious life of the young man.

Beautiful floral offerings surround the bier, friends and fellow soldiers of the deceased acted as pallbearers. A long line of cars followed the remains to Richfield where the body was to be prepared for shipment to Salt Lake.

The body was accompanied to Salt lake by the Father and his brother George and was met at the depot by a large number of friends and relatives. the following account appears in the Salt Lake Tibune:

"Military Rites at the graveside in Mt. Olivet Cemetery were held yesterday at 5:30 for James C. Reynolds, Jr., a World War veteran who died at his home in Monroe, Utah, May 12. The services were held under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

"The casket was draped with a large American flag and taps were sounded and a salute fired by soldiers from Fort Douglas. Mrs. R.J. Alexander sang an original composition, "Soldier Boy", and a brief address on the life of Mr. Reynolds and a review of his war service was given by a friend, O.R. Michelsen of Monroe. Dr. George E. Davies of the First Presbyterian Church gave the invocation."

The pallbearers at Salt Lake were Dr. Robert Barrowman, Ray Swain, Lamar Swain, Dwight Anderson, ex-service men; Neal Madson and Bert Swain. In the assemblage at Salt Lake was Guy nelson, formerly of Monroe, who left for Camp Lewis in the same contingent as James. There was also a Mrs. Miller whose son had been a member of the same company, and had been killed in action by the side of James.

James' live of cheerfulness under suffering and his optimism in the face of an incurable disease never complaining at the load he carried should be an inspiration to us all. There is no doubt that the world is better because he lived. He gave his life that the rest of us might continue to live and greater love than this hath no man.

Richfield Reaper
20 May 1926

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
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