Guide to the Arthur H. Reynolds Papers, 1940s
Collection number: MC 226
Size: estimated 5 boxes
(estimated: 1.66 cu.ft.)
About Arthur H. Reynolds (1916-2004)
Arthur H. Reynolds was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 2, 1916, but moved to
Kingston, N.H. with his mother after his father died when he was two. He lived in
Kingston for the remainder of his life. In 1936, he enlisted in the NH National
Guard and served with the 197th Artillery Unit, then in 1940, wanting to see more of
the world, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and chose the Pacific Theater as his
destination, arriving eventually in Manila in the Philippines. In 1941, on the same
day as Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked the Philippines. US and Filipino forces
held out on the Bataan peninsula for four months, eventually surrendering in April
1942 after suffering from disease, starvation and overwhelming odds. What followed
was the infamous Bataan Death March and nearly four years of imprisonment in P.O.W.
camps where the treatment was brutal and slave labor was the norm. Like thousands of
others who underwent this ordeal, Reynolds suffered malnutrition, beriberi, malaria,
and dysentery without proper medical treatment. He went more than a year without
shoes. But at war’s end, he was able to walk out of the camp on his own two
After the war, Reynolds went on to serve twenty years in the U.S. Air Force earning a
Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Korean War National Defense
Medal among many other decorations. When he left the service, he worked for the
Kingston school department and later as a supply officer for a local bank. He also
opened an antique shop and was instrumental in establishing the Kingston Historical
Museum. He died after a road accident in January 2004.
About the Arthur H. Reynolds Papers [unprocessed]
The collection consists of materials related to Reynolds’ WWII service in the Army
Air Force Corps, Bataan Death March, POW status, and POW association activities
after the war. It includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, publications, and
memorabilia. The materials are unprocessed.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Arthur H. Reynolds Papers, 1940s, MC 226, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Donation: Bruce Reynolds, August 17, 2009 (Accession number: 2009.13)