Reginald Maisey was born on November 17, 1934, in New Haven, Connecticut. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on September 21, 1956, and after completing basic training he was trained as an Admin Clerk. His first assignment was with the 6006th Air Intelligence Service Squadron at Kimpo AB, South Korea, from July 1957 to August 1958, followed by service with the 817th Combat Support Group at Pease AFB, New Hampshire, from August 1958 to September 1960. A1C Maisey was then accepted into Officer Candidate School, which he attended from September 1960 until he was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas, on March 24, 1961. Lt Maisey was trained as an Air Police Officer from March to May 1961, and then served as a Confinement Officer and Air Police Operations Officer with the 1405th Air Base Squadron at Scott AFB, Illinois, from June 1961 to September 1963. His next assignment was as an Air Police Officer with the 6486th Air Police Squadron at Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii, from September 1963 to August 1967, followed by service as a Security Police Officer with the 3rd Security Police Squadron at Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, from August 1967 until he was killed in action on January 31, 1968. Reginald Maisey was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His Air Force Cross Citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, awards the Air Force Cross to Captain Reginald V. Maisey, Jr., for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force, as a Security Police Officer in Southeast Asia on 31 January 1968. On that date, an intense night rocket and ground attack was launched by massed hostile forces against Bien Hoa Air Base. With the brunt of the ground penetration concentrated at a key bunker position on the east end of the installation, Captain Maisey drove from the west end of the runway to the beleaguered bunker and directed the actions of his men in defending the position. Captain Maisey exhibited an unrelenting stamina that rallied his men in countering the hostile assault. He persisted in his gallant campaign against the attacking force until an exploding rocket took his life. His supreme courage and undaunted leadership inspired his men to hold the position, thus thwarting the westward progress of the infiltrators across the installation and saving untold numbers of lives and millions of dollars worth of aircraft and other material. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Maisey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.