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|170k||Cecil John Doyle was born in Marshall, Minn. to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Doyle on 10 August 1920. After graduating from Marshall High School he attended the State
Teacher's College at Mankato where he also took CAA ground and flight training courses. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 26 March 1941 and following aviation training at
Corpus Christi, Tex., was appointed a Second Lieutenant, USMCR, on 06 April 1942. He arrived at Henderson Field on the island of Guadalcanal on 09 October 1942 and became one of the original
members of the eight man VMF-121 Flying Circus under Major Joe Foss. Within a week, he was an ace, shooting down five enemy aircraft.
On 07 November 1942, word was received of a Japanese destroyer flotilla approaching Guadalcanal. Twenty-five F4F-4 Wildcat fighters, including Lieutenant Doyle, intercepted the ships 120 miles offshore. Nine floatplanes accompanied the destroyers, and a dogfight quickly developed. Second Lieutenant Doyle didn't return from that mission. He is believed to have crashed into the sea while pursuing an enemy plane. Declared missing in action on 07 November 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo from the web site Missing Marines)
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|Cecil J. Doyle History|
|View the USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE 368) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Cecil J. Doyle as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Cecil J. Doyle's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Oct. 1944 – 18 Dec. 1944||Lcdr. Douglas S. Crocker, USNR* (Comm. CO) (Rockville Center, N.Y.)|
|2.) 18 Dec. 1944 – 09 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. William Graham Claytor, Jr., USNR (Roanoke, Va.) (became SecNav '77)|
|3.) 09 Dec. 1945 – 02 Jul. 1946||Lcdr. Ralph Childs, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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