Raymond Wilhelm Reisner, Jr. – Captain, United States Marine Corps

Submitted By Elmer B. Hall, Jr., Captain, USMCR (Retired)

Captain Raymond Wilhelm Reisner, Jr. United States Marine Corps, was born January 2, 1947 in Hartford, Connecticut into a career United States Army family.  His parents were Colonel Raymond Wilhelm Reisner, Sr., United States Army, Marian I. Reisner.

Reisner graduated from Carlisle Senior High School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1966. He attended West Chester State College, West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1966-67.

Reisner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1968 after graduating from the Marine Corps Officers Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia. He served in Vietnam from May, 1969 to March, 1970.

After his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was assigned as the operations officer for the maintenance branch of the Marine Corps Supply Center, Albany, Georgia.

While assigned here, he married Miss Susan Wallace Hobbie, also a 1966 Carlisle High School graduate. Susan had graduated from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

On September 23, 1972, Bill was assigned as the communications officer to the United States Marine Corps Air Support Squadron I. He died in a helicopter crash at Grytoya Island, Norway, while participating in the Joint NATO Operation “Strong Express.”

Captain Reisner was an Episcopalian.

The Captain's awards and commendations include the Navy Commendation Ribbon with V, Civic Action Award with Palm, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Service Medal with Four Stars and the National Defense Service Medal.

Captain Reisner is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near his father and mother and brother, Howard Reisner.

Newspaper research by Sara Snyder.
Additional information provided by Susan Hobbie Goodridge


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/02/1947
  • DATE OF DEATH: 09/23/1972

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