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“Lum’s Boy”: The World War II Recollections of John R. “Dugie” Doyle ∙ Samuel Van Pelt, edited by James E. Potter


U.S. Navy Ensign John Doyle’s chances of surviving World War II seemed bleak on November 25, 1944, as he struggled to hold his burning dive bomber on target over the South China Sea. While attacking a Japanese heavy cruiser, antiaircraft fire damaged his plane but Doyle still managed to release his bomb and score a hit on the ship. Although his excellent flying skills and sturdy aircraft enabled a successful water landing without injury to himself or his crewman, other worries remained. The men floated in a flimsy rubber raft off the Japanese-held Philippine island of Luzon miles from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from which they had flown, their prospects for rescue uncertain. As it turned out, friendly Filipinos on Luzon, along with a simple mosquito bite, tipped the fortunes of war in Doyle’s favor and he eventually returned home to Lincoln, Nebraska, as a decorated naval aviator.

John Remine Doyle, later known as “Dugie,” was born in Lincoln on September 27, 1924. He was the son of Lewis Raymond “Lum” Doyle and Mary Ruth (Fitzgerald) Doyle, both of Nebraska pioneer families. Lewis Doyle was born on July 21, 1895, in Scotia, Greeley County, and spent his early life in Greeley, Nebraska, where his father Thomas was a successful attorney. In the early 1900s Thomas decided to move to Lincoln so he could better provide a college education for his seven children—which he did. Lum Doyle attended the University of Nebraska and was a letterman on the 1914, 1915, and 1916 Nebraska football teams, where he played fullback. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1921 and was admitted to practice that May. Thereafter he was a colorful and successful trial lawyer in Lincoln.

Lum’s Doyle’s son, Dugie, attended parochial elementary schools in Lincoln and later Lincoln High School. In 1942 Dugie graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he was a running back on the football team. Following graduation from Campion, he attended Yale University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942. On October 21, 1993, nearly fifty years after his dive bomber was shot down in the South China Sea during a mission off the carrier USS Ticonderoga, Doyle sat down with fellow Lincoln attorney Samuel Van Pelt to tell his wartime story.


The entire essay appears in the Winter 2014 issue.


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