Born: March 11, 1913

Died: October 10, 1944

Raymond Newell Traynor was a World War II veteran.  He was killed in the war.  He is buried in St. John's in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Paul Smiths.

Lake Placid News, October 27, 1944

Lt. Traynor Killed In Crash

Mrs. Loren Newell of Paul Smith's has been notified of the; death of her nephew, Lieut. Raymond Newell Traynor.

The telegram read:

''The Navy department deeply regrets to inform you that your nephew, Lieut. Raymond Newell Traynor USNR, was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 10, 1944 while in the service of his country.

Lieut. Treynor, veteran flier, had been in action since Pearl Harbor. Immediately after the United States declared war on the Japanese he was ordered into the Pacific and had fought there since that time.  

He enlisted in the Navy Air corps in Oct., 1940. Immediately after Pearl Harbor he was assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific and for 14 months took part in all of the major engagements of the American air arm in that theater.

Stricken with malaria he was hospitalized and then had his first leave since entering the war. He returned to duty a few weeks later and continued in the Pacific air and land battles until his death.

Mrs. Newell had received a letter from Lieut. Traynor's brother, Harry Traynor, a radioman in the army signal corps in Hawaii. He wrote that he had met his brother who was to be granted a leave to go home soon.

Another brother, Lieut. Lawrence G. Traynor, is also in the Naval Air corps flying in the Pacific theater. The three brothers who spent their boyhood at Paul Smiths made their home with their aunt, Mrs. Newell.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 5, 1948


The body of Lieut. Raymond W. Traynor of Paul Smiths, who was killed Oct. 10, 1944 in the Pacific theater, returned to this village last night with a military escort

Members of Brighton Post 1397, American Legion, met the train and served as honor guard.

Lt. Traynor was born in Paul Smiths March 11, 1913 and received his early education at Paul Smiths. He was graduated from the Saranac Lake high school in 1931 and that fall entered Wayne university in Detroit, Mich.

He enlisted in the aviation corps of the Navy in October, 1940, and received his pre-flight training at Detroit, Mich. He underwent his basic training at Pensacola, Fla., and completed flight training at Jacksonville, Fla.

Lt. Traynor is survived by two aunts, Mrs. Loren Newell of Paul Smiths and Mrs. Esther M. Lyman of Detroit, Mich., and two brothers, Harry Traynor of Paul Smiths and Lawrence Traynor who is on duty with the Navy in the Pacific.

Mrs. Lyman, who is at present in Kingston, Ont., has recently been in poor health and is unable to come to Saranac Lake at this time. Lt. Traynor's body was placed in the vault, therefore, to await services and burial in the spring when his aunt and brother, Lawrence, can be present.