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Pyles, Robert Lee

Name and Rank, Mess Attendant Second Class Robert Lee Pyles.

Unit/Placed in, USS Vincennes (CA-44) Cruiser, United States Naval Reserve.


Robert was born approx. in 1921 in Kentucky.


Father, Douglas Pyles.

Mother, Pearl Pyles.

Sister, Winnie L. Pyles.


Robert entered  the service from Kentucky with service number # 6340363.


Robert L. Pyles was a Mess Attendant 2nd Class in the United States Navy.


Robert was Killed in Action when the USS Vincennes was shot in the vulnerable places and sunk in the Battle of Savo Island, 9 Aug. and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Robert is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,

National Capital Region, Philippines.


Thanks to http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/us_navy_pages/cruisers/pages/uss_vincennes_ca44_roll_of_honor.htmhttps://www.navsource.org/archives/04/044/04044.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


Robert Lee Pyles was a African-American, it was not usual that the position he had for that African-Americans did such jobs in the United States Army – all kinds of Job’s but rather no fighting allowed.

In this moment it was possible that a Navy mess attendant earned the Medal of Honor for ignoring his job and trying to shot down the Japanese enemy at Pearl Harbor.

USS Vincennes (CA-44) Cruiser
Damage Gunfire and Torpedohits
Ship's Memorial
His rank Mess Attendant Second Class