LOYLE, Robert Earl, Sr., PO1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
CB-0000-Construction Battalion (WW-II)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Construction Battalion
Primary Unit
1951-1954, RM-2303, US Army (USA)/Army Security Agency (ASA)
Service Years
1941 - 1954
CB-Seabee (WW II)
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Contact Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Vineland, N.J.

Date of Passing
Jan 01, 2016
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Order of the Shellback US Army Honorable Discharge US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

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Last Known Activity
CE/EM 1/c Robert Earl Loyle, USN
Construction Electrician, Seabees WWII with 22nd Marines
Shipboard Electrician and w
itnessed the A-Bomb Tests at Bikini Atoll
Also served in the Army as a high speed Morse code interceptor

Bob was born on October 26, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left home at the age of sixteen, making his way out to California and finding work with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus. Bob worked as an electrician’s assistant, raising the tents and light poles with the elephants and manning the spotlights during shows.

As soon as Bob turned seventeen he headed back east and joined the U.S. Navy at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. His electrician's experience made him an ideal candidate for the newly formed USN Construction Battalion. In January 1942 Bob shipped out to Bora Bora with 295 of his mates; they were the very first Seabees. His battalion spent part of the war as part of the 22nd Marines and saw action in the Marshall Islands. He reenlisted in the Navy after the war and subsequently was shipped back out to the South Pacific and served on board the U.S.S. LCI(G) 455 (Landing Craft Infantry Gunboat). He served on the U.S.S. Gunston Hall (LSD-5) and took part in Operation Crossroads in the Bikini Atoll. He finished out his enlistment on the U.S.S. Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16).

Once his service in the Navy ended, Bob spent a couple of years working various jobs out west. In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the hopes of being assigned to a construction battalion in Europe. His high scores on the entrance aptitude exam however, resulted in his recruitment into the U.S. Army Security Agency. Bob trained in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a high speed Morse code interceptor. His assignment after training was Clark’s Air Force Base in the Philippines; right back to the South Pacific.
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22nd Marine RegimentNaval Construction Force (NCF)US NavyUSS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)
NCBC Port Hueneme, CA<B>US Army (USA)</b><B>US Army (USA)</b>/Army Security Agency (ASA)
  1942-1944, CB-0000, 22nd Marine Regiment
  1944-1945, CB-0000, Naval Construction Force (NCF)
  1944-1945, CB-0000, Landing Craft Support (Large) LCS(L)
  1945-1947, EM-4651, USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)
  1947-1948, CB-0000, NCBC Port Hueneme, CA
  1948-1950, CE-0000, Broken Service
  1950-1951, RM-2303, US Army (USA)/Army Security Agency Training Center & School (ASATC&S)
  1951-1954, RM-2303, US Army (USA)/Army Security Agency (ASA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1946-1946 Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 01, 2016, Robert Earl Loyle, Sr., Service Number 2439985
  Aug 22, 2016, General Photos
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