Bo Reeves was born on April 16, 1922, in Stamford, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 8, 1942, and entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on November 1942, earning his commission as a 2d Lt and his pilot wings at Williams Field, Arizona, on October 1, 1943. After completing P-38 Lightning transition training, Lt Reeves served as a P-38 pilot with the 431st Fighter Squadron of the 475th Fighter Group in New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies, and in the Philippines from January 1944 to March 1945. During this time he was credited with the destruction of 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. Capt Reeves left active duty and served with the Air Force Reserve from January 8, 1946, until he returned to active duty on April 9, 1947, and then served as an instructor pilot with the 3545th Basic Pilot Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, from April 1947 to April 1950. He next attended Navigator School at Ellington AFB, Texas, from May 1950 to January 1951, and then Aircraft Observer/Bombardier School at Mather AFB, California, from January to June 1951. Maj Reeves served as a B-47 Stratojet pilot and Operations Officer with the 369th Bomb Squadron at MacDill AFB, Florida, from July 1951 to January 1956, followed by service as an RB-57 Canberra and U-2 Dragon Lady pilot with the 4025th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron at Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, at Turner AFB, Georgia, and then at Laughlin AFB, Texas, from January 1956 to August 1958. Lt Col Reeves attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, from August 1958 to July 1959, and he then served as Deputy Commander for Operations of the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Forbes AFB, Kansas, from July to October 1959. He served as Deputy Director and then Director of Operations of the 21st Air Division at Forbes AFB from October 1959 to April 1962, followed by service as an RC-135 Stratotanker Reconnaissance Operations Officer and then as Chief of the Reconnaissance Division with the 4157th Strategic Wing at Eielson AFB, Alaska, from April 1962 to July 1965. Lt Col Reeves' final assignment was as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot, Chief of the Operations and Training Division with the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, and as Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations when the 4200th became the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, California, from July 1965 until his retirement from the Air Force on February 1, 1970. Bo Reeves died on August 25, 2006.
His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight over Ben Goi Bay, Indo-China, on 28 March 1945. Captain Reeves was flying in a formation of 8 P-38 aircraft on an escort mission when his flight was attacked from above and behind by 4 enemy fighters. Coming to the aid of a fellow pilot who was being attacked by one of the hostile fighters, he fired a short burst at the Japanese plane and scored hits on its cockpit. It exploded violently as it crashed to the ground. Although he was low on gasoline, Captain Reeves pursued another hostile airplane into a cloud. When it emerged he closed in on it rapidly, firing several bursts. The fighter broke into flames and crashed into a mountain. The outstanding courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Reeves during this flight are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army Air Forces.