Oral History: Robert Lyle, 20-Feb-15, 20150220
- Marlborough, Wiltshire : Adam Matthew Digital, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- online resource (video file 1:02:30) : Sound, Colour
- Additional Creators:
- Adam Matthew Digital (Firm)
- Corporal Robert Lyle was born October 6, 1925 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With his parents permission he enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17. He completed his basic training in San Diego, California. He said "it was murderous and the drill instructors were mean". However he strongly believed in the spirit of the Marine Corp and believes the training and discipline paid off in combat. After completing his basic training, he went to Camp Pendleton for advanced training in communications. He trained as a forward observer calling in artillery fire. After his advanced training he was sent to Pavuvu Island in the Pacific where he was assigned to the 1st Marine Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion. He was part of the first wave of Marines who landed on Peleliu. He communicated with the Navy off the coast and told them where to fire their big guns. After a couple of hours he was wounded from shrapnel in the shoulder. He was evacuated to a hospital ship off the coast of Peleliu and received medical attention and returned to his unit the next day. The fighting was brutal on Peleliu. He believes he was on the island for about a month. His unit was then pulled off the island and sent to Pavuvu for rest. They were then assigned to the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945. That landing was met unopposed by the Japanese. However the Army at the other end of the island was in trouble and they were sent to relieve them. When the fighting was over on Okinawa, his unit was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped and the war was over. He was discharged in 1946.
- Archive Reference: OH.3570.
- Original Version:
- Reproduction of: United States of America, 20-Feb-15.
- Location of Originals:
- The National WWII Museum
- Copyright Note:
- Material sourced from The National WWII Museum
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