REYNOLDS, JON A. Name: Jon A. Reynolds Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: 334/335 TFS Date of Birth: 13 December 1937 Philadelphia PA Home City of Record: Wilmington DE Date of Loss: 28 November 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 205700 North 1044400 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Biography update from Brig. Gen Jon Reynolds. REMARKS: 730212 RELEASED BY DRV SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 03/97 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO JON A. REYNOLDS Major - United States Air Force, pilot Shot Down: November 28, 1965 Released: February 12, 1973 Others in Incident: none Unit: 335 TFS During 1965 I was based at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. In July we deployed to Yokota AB, Japan and then in November, we redeployed to Takhli AB, Thailand. We were flying F-105D type aircraft. I was shot down on a mission near Yen Bai and was captured immediately. The first American with whom I had contact was Commander Stockdale. On 23 December 1965 I moved from Heartbreak Hotel to the Zoo, remaining there until 11 June 1966. On 6 June I participated in the Hanoi Parade with Bob Purcell. From 11 June 1966 to 2 February 1967, I was at Briarpatch, then Little Vegas and Dirty Bird. On 24 May 1968,1 and nineteen others opened Camp Hope at Son Tay. We closed this camp on 14 July 1970 when we moved to Camp Faith - worst move I ever made. After the 1970 raid we moved to Camp Unity, staying there until 13 May 1972. The last camp I opened was Dogpatch. We left Dogpatch for release on 20 January 1973. Repatriation followed on 12 February 1973. ----- December 1996 After his release, Jon Reynolds became the U.S. Air Force Attache in Beijing, China. He retired from the United States Air Force after 31 years as a Brig. General. He and his wife Emilee reside in Beijing. ----- Jon Reynolds in mentioned in Benjamin Schemmer's "THE RAID." It states: By one of the great ironies of the Son Tay raid, on the day after Bull Simons was picked to lead it, the prisoners there were moved to another camp. A few weeks earlier the well inside Son Tay had dried up. Then the worst monsoon rains in years hit North Vietnam. The prisoners didn't know that just outside the compound, the Song Con River was flooding water to within a foot or two of the west wall. Indeed, one prisoner, Air Force Major Jon A. Reynolds, would recall later that only days before the move, he was being punished by spending a few days at the bottom of the well-and that it was dry. But very clear, high-altitude aerial reconnaissance photos taken at the time showed that the camp was near being flooded. The move from Son Tay was orderly, almost casual, not the kind of "panic move" the prisoners would experience later. The guards had ordered them a few days before to take down the clothesline, then the volleyball net and posts. The next day, they loaded hogs and chickens aboard some trucks. Then they were told to take inventory of their dishes and blankets. Finally, they were ordered aboard buses. That night, July 14, 1970, they were all driven to a converted Army barracks at Dong Hoi, 15 miles to the east. The prisoners immediately named the place Camp Faith. ----- April 7, 1998 Jon Reynolds was born in Philadelphia, PA 13 Dec. 1937. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia, attending Lower Merion Senior High School, Ardmore PA. He then attended Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut where he obtained a B. S. in Engineering and USAF commission (via AF ROTC) in 1959. He then attended pre-flight training at Lackland AFB, TX in Dec. 59, primary flight training at Malden AB, MO (T-34/T-28), basic flight training at Craig AFB, AL(T-33), and advanced flight training at Luke and Nellis AFB. In Dec. 1961 he joined the 429 TFS at Cannon AFB, NM where he participated in various deployments, including the Cuba Missile Crises of Oct. 1962. In March 1963 he was assigned to the 22nd Infantry Division (ARVN) in Kontum SVN as an ALO/FAC. As such, he was in SVN during the overthrow of the Ngo Diem Dinh Government in Nov. 1963. In Feb. 1964 he was initially assigned to the 334 TFS at Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C. and later the 335TFS, which deployed in 1965 to Yokota AB, Japan and then to Takhli RTAB in Thailand. He was shot down on 28 Nov. 1965 and captured by local militia units near Yen Bai, NVN. At first he was taken to the Hanoi Hilton and was then transferred through the NVN prison system to the Zoo, Briarpatch, Little Vegas, Dirty Bird, Camp Hope (Son Tay), Camp Faith, Camp Unity, CaoBang, and back to the Hilton for release on 12 Feb. 73 on the 2nd C-141. Upon release he attended the 560th T-38 upgrade program at Randolph AFB as Freedom 02. He then attended Duke University 1973-1975 before joining the History Dept. at USAFA as an instructor in military history from 1975-1979. He obtained his Ph. D. in 1980. The period 1975-79 was truly a high-light. In Dec. 1974 he married his fiancee of 1965, Emilee Wynne McCarthy. A daughter Elizabeth was born in Jan. 1976 and a son Andrew in December 1977. They lived on a small ranch near Monument, CO, and it was an especially memorable period. In June 79 he was assigned to Directorate of Plans, Hqs USAF, and then to the National War College as an instructor during 1980-81. He returned to USAF/Plans, and then was assigned to DIA in preparation for service in Beijing first as the Air Attache and later as the Defense and Air Attache. From 1986-1988 he was the senior US Military Representative in China. He returned to the USA in 1988 as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He directed the DIA Defense Attache System from 1989 until Sep. 1990, at which time he retired from active duty and joined the Raytheon Company. As Vice President for International Technology, he was responsible for Raytheon's Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Destruction System (JACADS) from 1990-1994, at which time he became President of Raytheon China Company. He has served as Raytheon's Chief Representative in China since June 1994, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Emilee is working in China for Asia Pacific Access, an Australian company which assists ex-pats in their transition to life in Beijing. Elizabeth is a member of the Class of '98 at Tufts University in Boston majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. Andrew is a member of the Class of '99 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine majoring in Economics and Computer Science. Their home is near Wilmington, DE.