Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1942

Reid Hunter CAPTAIN H. "REID" HUNTER, 83, USN (Ret.), died Sept. 21, 2009. He was injured at the USNA Columbarium alongside his wife. Born in Lafayette, LA, in 1926, Reid grew up in Texas, graduating from Ranger High School in 1942. He attended Baylor University until receiving an appointment to the Naval Academy, graduating with his accelerated class in 1947. Reid's first assignment was James E. Kyes (DD-787), making a West Pac deployment evaluating an advanced sonar system. After graduation from Submarine School, he joined REMORA (SS-487) in the Western Pacific. After a shakedown cruise and operations in the Atlantic with the commissioning detail of TRIGGER (SS-564), he reported to ComSubLant Staff for two years. He qualified for command on GRENADIER (SS-525) and deployed to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Reid returned to the Academy as a Company Officer in 1956. In 1958, he became XO of TIRU (SS-416) & completed another WestPac deployment, followed by duty on ComSubPac Staff. He commanded the submarines SAABALO (SS-302) and REMORA (SS- 487) in Pearl Harbor (1961-1963), deploying again and evaluating advanced sonar. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College (1964-1966) and served in the Office of the SecNav as liaison officer to the House of Representatives. He went to sea as chief staff officer of Submarine Squadron Three, followed by tours as Commander Submarine Division 31 and CO of WINSTON (LKA-94), participating in the largest amphibious landing since Inchon in support of USMACV. He served as plans officer for Commander in Chief Naval Forces Europe, working with NATO and other U.S. forces (1959-1961). In 1971, he returned stateside as Director, Command and Control on the staff of Commander in Chief, Atlantic Command, coordinating operations with other CinCs and the JCS. He retired in 1973. Reid's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (Star), Navy Expeditionary Medal, WWII Victory, American Theatre, National Defense (Star), Occupation (Asia), Korean Service, Vietnam Service (three Stars), UN Medal (Korea), Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation with Palm and Vietnam Campaign. Reid returned to Texas, became a real estate broker and served as a port director and consultant. He and his wife Betty, were active in RV affairs, traveling the USA in their motor-home. Reid was predeceased by his wife, Betty Beehler Hunter. He is survived by his sons, David and James (Susan); daughter, Virginia DuJardin; grandchildren, Laura, Jessica, Stephen, Jennifer (Andy) and James; and great- granddaughter, Jordan. His mother was Gladys Hunter, faculty member of Ranger High School & Ranger College for many years.