Wiley R. Reynolds Jr. (1917-2005) was born in New York City. His father, Wiley, Sr., was a prominent banker in Palm Beach. After graduating Yale University, Wiley worked at the First National Bank of Palm Beach. He later joined the Florida Defense Force and the Civil Air Patrol. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving until discharged in 1945. After the war, Wiley returned to banking.
Richard P. Robbins (1893-1966) served as a county judge from 1924-1961 and as attorney for the Town of Palm Beach. Robbins served in the US Navy as a pilot during World War I. In World War II, he served with the 1st Air Squadron, FDF, and the Civil Air Patrol. In 1943 Maj. Robbins was appointed commander of the Florida CAP Wing.
Roy S. Rood (1918-2011) was born in Rood, Florida. After graduating from Jupiter High School, Rood took outdoor jobs until the beginning of World War II when he joined the navy. Roy served in Virginia, Jacksonville, FL and in the Pacific as an aircraft mechanic the aircraft carrier USS Hollandia that took part in the battle for Okinawa. Later, he returned to Jupiter and founded the multimillion-dollar Rood Landscaping.
Lt. Donald Ross (d. 1944) became Lake Park’s first causality of the war. Ross was serving with the 191st Tank Battalion in Germany when his unit crossed an anti-tank barrier under enemy fire when a mortar killed Ross. A memorial to Ross and another local resident killed in action, Ellison Wilson, was erected to honor their sacrifice. It is at the intersection of the two roads named after them.
Gleason Stambaugh (1905-1979), owner of Florida Music Company, donated his time and boat to Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3, Division 2. By the end of the war, he commanded 1,700 regular and temporary reserve Coast Guardsmen in Palm Beach County. In 1942 he encountered what he identified as an Italian submarine which immediately dove underwater for which he was thankful as his boat only carried a shotgun—no match for the deck cannons on the sub! The men used their own boats (some carried depth charges and 50-caliber machine guns) to patrol offshore during the night, watching for stricken vessels and German submarines. They were also responsible for security at the Port of Palm Beach, maintained coastal watch towers, patrolled the beach by horseback and on foot, and manned the bridges crossing Lake Worth, checking everyone’s identification.
As a child, David R. Thompson (1921-2007) delivered newspapers and telegrams to many of the residences in Palm Beach. Thompson became interested in aviation as a boy and wanted to be a pilot like his older brother. After working with the CAP, he joined the army and served in Europe in Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army. Thompson survived the Battle of the Bulge and was in Paris on V-E Day.
Charles Weeks Jr. learned to fly at Morrison Field under President Roosevelt’s aviation expansion program. He joined the 1st Air Squadron, FDF, and the CAP at West Palm Beach, receiving the Air Medal for his service. Weeks enlisted in the Army Air Corps, made 16 flights across the Atlantic, and served in the American, European, and Pacific theaters of war. From June 1940 to 1991, Weeks flew 15,000 hours.
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