Captain Reginald Underwood
The Lexington, KY Young Marines Unit proudly bears the name of Captain Reginald Underwood.
Captain Underwood graduated from the University of Kentucky. Upon graduation he joined and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served Harrier pilot.
Captain Underwood grew up in Lexington, Ky., and had flown since he was a teenager. “He said he would fly even if he was not paid for it,” said his widow, Donda Hill Rhodes. “It was his passion. The Harrier was a challenge and you could not fly it unless you were at the top of your class.
Captain Underwood flew nine combat missions and was shot down on February 27, 1991 in the Middle East while on a bombing mission on the final day of the ground offensive in Kuwait. On that day, he was flying in formation with three other planes after taking off from the amphibious assault ship Nassau. The mission’s target was a convoy of military vehicles traveling north toward Basra.
At the time that Captain Underwood gave his life in service to our country he was 33 years of age and had a wife and 5 month old daughter.
We are forever indebted to Captain Underwood and his family for the tremendous sacrifice in service to our country.