Frank Reasoner

medal-of-honor copy 2.jpg 7/12/1965  Marine emblem copy Frank Reasoner & Sally NordstromFirst Marine.jpeg
3d Recon Bn, 3d Mar Div 

Frank once told me that he wanted 3 things – 30 Years in the Marine Corps, own a bar outside the Main Gate of a Marine Base and Earn the Medal of Honor. Frank was Killed in Action 12 July 1965. He was Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions – – by a Wrestling Teammate

Just a note about my Team Mate – I had a vicious cross face which I once practiced against Frank. He was meaner than I – Frank bite me.

Frank Reasoner

Class of 1962

B Squad 150

123 Pound Wrestler – My Teammate

Brigade Boxing Champion 4 years running.

Reasoner Hall of Arvin Gym

USS Reasoner a Navy Destroyer

Camp Reasoner


Medal of Honor Citation

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division.

Place and date: near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 12 July 1965.

Entered service at: Kellogg, Idaho.

Born: 16 September 1937, Spokane, Wash.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. The reconnaissance patrol led by him had deeply penetrated heavily controlled enemy territory when it came under extremely heavy fire from an estimated 50 to 100 Viet Cong insurgents.


Accompanying the advance party and the point that consisted of 5 men, he immediately deployed his men for an assault after the Viet Cong had opened fire from numerous concealed positions. Boldly shouting encouragement, and virtually isolated from the main body, he organized a base of fire for an assault on the enemy positions. The slashing fury of the Viet Cong machinegun and automatic weapons fire made it impossible for the main body to move forward. Repeatedly exposing himself to the devastating attack he skillfully provided covering fire, killing at least 2 Viet Cong and effectively silencing an automatic weapons position in a valiant attempt to effect evacuation of a wounded man.


As casualties began to mount his radio operator was wounded and he immediately moved to his side and tended his wounds. When the radio operator was hit a second time while attempting to reach a covered position, he was courageously running to his aid through the grazing machinegun fire when he fell mortally wounded.


His indomitable fighting spirit, valiant leadership and unflinching devotion to duty provided the inspiration that was to enable the patrol to complete its mission without further casualties. In the face of almost certain death he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. His actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.


Army charges to 45-27 Victory in the Army – Navy Prep School Football Game. Reasoner Trophy presented for first time.

Ft. Monmouth, NJ, Saturday, 15Nov08.

The gray skies and intermittent rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the future cadets of the USMA Class of 2013, who charged to a 45-27 decisive victory over the future midshipmen of the USNA Class of 2013 at the Annual Prep School football game at Ft. Monmouth, NJ on Saturday.

Army scored first, early in the first quarter, and Navy came back, minutes later to tie the score at 7-7. Army scored again, and Navy was never able to catch up. Army took advantage of the speed and agility of its running backs and free safety to rack up the yards and put points on the scoreboard. The Army QB did well in the passing game, also.

Navy’s QB had a good arm, with good distance, but Army pass defense kept the Navy receivers from completing many of the long passes.

The final score reflects the excitement of the game. Army scored six touchdowns and a field goal, and Navy had four touchdowns, and a failed 2-point conversion.

The game also marked the first presentation of the 1LT Frank S. Reasoner Trophy to USMA Prep. 1LT (USMC) Reasoner (USNAPS ’58 / USMA ’62) was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry near Da Nang, Vietnam. The trophy will be awarded each year to the winner of the Army – Navy Prep School Game, and is analogous to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the winner of the Army – Navy – USAFA football series for the Service Academies.

The Trophy was inspired by discussions between the Commanding Officer of USNAPS, Capt. L. Hart Sebring, and the Commandant of USMAPS, COL Tyge Rugenstein. The final impetus came from COL (USMC Ret) John “Rip” Ripley, USNAPS ’58 / USNA ’62, with members of USMA ’62; and was accomplished in the last weeks before Ripley’s unexpected death. Members of the USNAPS ’58 class matched a generous donation from an anonymous USMA ’62 graduate to create the trophy and deliver it to the game.

At the presentation ceremony, USNAPS ’58 / USNA ’62 were represented by LtCdr. Barry Ketner; and USMA ’62 by John Fee and COL (Ret) Bill Dieal.

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