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Good morning,

Recently, the Garner community honored and celebrated the life and service of an American hero, Private 1st Class Simon Reynolds, at the Garner Veterans Memorial. After over sixty-five years, Mr. Reynolds was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in World War II.

Simon Reynolds rarely talked with his family about his experiences during World War II, but his sons found details after rummaging through his discharge papers. Mr. Reynolds' sons soon discovered that their father had earned 10 medals, but never received the Bronze Star Medal that he earned for his involvement in the Battle of Mindanao in May 1945. The Bronze Star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement and is the fourth-highest individual military award given by the United States.

Like many Americans of his generation, Simon dutifully served his country in a time of great need. Simon grew up working in the coal mines and married his sweetheart, Geneva. Later, they moved to Cincinnati with their five boys, where he worked as a painter and farmer.

Private 1st Class Reynolds left his five boys and wife to protect our country during World War II, 
helping liberate the Philippines during the Battle of Mindanao. For that, our nation is forever grateful.

The ceremony was a testament to Simon Reynolds' commitment to service and his country.

Since the time of our nation's founding, Americans have believed that our Constitution, our way of life, our freedoms, are things worth fighting for.

Like many in our North Carolina community, Simon’s life was dedicated to public service – from serving in World War II, to being ordained a lay minister, to being an active member of Hamersville Baptist Church

His honorable dedication to public service is a testament to his character, and why the Bronze Star Medal is a fitting tribute to Simon, his family, and his memory.

My office was contacted by Simon's family in November, and I am happy to have worked with the Veterans' Legacy Foundation and the Army to give his family the medal that he deserves.

We honor the life of Private 1st Class Simon Reynolds, and his commitment to protecting our country and preserving our freedoms. 


George Holding
Member of Congress

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