Mass of Christian burial for Bernard Doyle was held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City. Burial with military honors provided by the Naval Honor Guard were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Lake City following the Mass.
Bernard Vincent Doyle was born on January 17, 1922 at Esbon, Kansas, the son of John and Mary Ellen Doyle, brother of six siblings – three brothers (all served in the military during WWII) and three sisters. All are deceased with the exception of two sisters, Patricia Doyle and Frances Doyle Nutter, both of Lake City, Iowa.
Bernard grew up on a farm in Kansas until he was 17 when the family moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska where he graduated from High School in May, 1940. Upon graduation, Bernard enlisted in the United States Navy. He completed basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base and was transferred to Bremerton, Washington where he was assigned to the “USS Oklahoma.” They departed to the Naval Base in Honolulu, Hawaii where they took part in maneuvers in the Pacific. Later the ships were moored alongside each other in Pearl Harbor in what was called “Battle Ship Row.”
On December 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese aircraft made a surprise bombing attack on Pearl Harbor. The “Battleship Oklahoma” was hit with eight bombs which caused it to turn over. 429 sailors were lost on the Oklahoma that day – “A day that will live in infamy.” Pres.Franklin Roosevelt.