Willard Reed, Jr.
Captain, United States Marine Corps
REED JR. KILLED IN ACTION
SonOf Woman Part-Owner Of Daily Worker A Marine Officer In Far East
Trained Fliers In Indies
In Active Active Service Since Pearl Harbor -Wife On Way Here, Unaware Of His Death
February 11, 1942 - Captain Willard Reed, Jr., son of Mrs. Ferdinanda Reed, part owner of the Daily Worker, was killed in the fighting on the Pacific front, where he was the pilot of a Marine Corps bomber, according to word received here yesterday by his mother-in-law, Mrs. McAdoo Taylor of 410 Park Avenue.
Captain Reed, a resident of Jericho, Long Island, had been in chargeof a group of United States airmen training Netherlands Indies fliers at the base in Surabaya since 1940. When the Japanese made their attack on Pearl Harbor Captain Reed was called to active service. His wife, the former Mary Howard Cowles, daughter of Dr. Edward Spencer Cowles, the physchiatrist, returned to the United States. Unaware of herhusband's death, she was expected to arrive in New York today.
Captain Reed was graduated from Harvard University in 1930. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of the Rev. Willard Reed of Cambridge, a former professor at Harvard. He leared to fly while attending Browneand Nichols Preparatory School at Cambridge. Later he received flying instruction at the Naval Air Training School at Pensacola, Florida.
He joined theAmerican Air Lines in 1931and
was assistant superintendent of reservations and ticket offices at LaGuardia
Field when he was called to service with theMarine Corps Reserve.
He was then permitted to leave active service to go to the Indies.