John "Jack" Alexander Doyle

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Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: John "Jack" Alexander Doyle
  • Location of Birth: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 17, 1890
  • Date of Death: October 21, 1939 (48 years old)
  • Parents: Bernard F. Doyle and Margaret (Ferguson) Doyle
  • High School and Class: attended school in Duluth, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: CORP (Corporal)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: February 8, 1918
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: February 7, 1922
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Good Conduct Medal of the Marine Corps

  • Military Highlights:
    Information from World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name; John A. Doyle
    Race: Caucasian (White)
    Martial Status: Single
    Birth Date: November 17, 1890
    Birth Place: Minnesota
    Residence Place: Itasca, Minnesota, USA


    John was one of four brothers who enlisted in the United States Marines for the World War in 1917. He and his brother Herbert enlisted in the fall, and the others, Neil, of Coleraine, and Robert, enlisted that same year. John Doyle served during the duration of the war and although never overseas, he spent the war years on various marine ships which were in the war service. He was a corporal in the Second Company N, United States Marines. He enlisted for four years, or the duration of the war. He was first sent to the Paris Island training camp off the coast of South Carolina, and from there to the USS Galveston for convoy service from New York City to Europe, early in 1918, continuing in the convoy service until the close of the war. Among his possessions is the award known as the Good Conduct Medal of the Marine Corps, on which is the date of his enlistment and its duration. "1918-1922" and the inscription "Fidelity, Zeal, Obedience." It is rather remarkable that the brothers who enlisted together, John and Herbert, were never separated during the war, but served in the same Corps and on the same ship and were mustered out together.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Information from news article in Itasca Iron News, dated October 26, 1939:

    The sudden death of John A. Doyle of Bovey Saturday morning was a great shock to family and friends in Coleraine and Bovey as well as to the other communities of the Iron Range, where "Jack" Doyle was well known and loved by many friends as a good friend to have, a loyal, congenial companion. He came to Coleraine shortly after breakfasting at 8:30 that morning, and later told companions that he was ill and would go home. He had been at home but a few moments when he died, at 10:30, of heart disease. Mrs. Callahan, who lives across the street at the home of Father H. J. Spain, and who was an old neighbor in Duluth of the Doyle family, happened to be in the home and was with him and his mother and sister when he passed away.

    John Doyle was the son of the late Bernard F. Doyle of Bovey, who died in 1920, and Mrs. Doyle. He was born in Duluth on November 17, 1891, living there with his parents, brothers and sister until he finished high school. In 1912 he came to Coleraine, and was at that time an employee of the Duluth Mesaba & Northern Railroad.

    John returned to Bovey after the Armistice was signed. He was interested in ex-service men and was one of the most active of the veterans who organized Bovey American Legion Post, of which he was a member at the time of his death; as well as a member of the 40-8. He several times served as commander of the Post. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge of Hibbing, Minnesota.

    Mr. Doyle was for several years a deputy sheriff of Itasca County, after the war, serving under Sheriff Elmer Madson. He and his mother and his sister, Agnes, made their home together in Bovey, and the mother, sister, and three brothers survive him.

    Bovey Post gave their Past Commander full military honors at the short service which was conducted at the Doyle home and at Lakeview Cemetery where the body was laid to rest. Rev. R. O. Johnson of the Presbyterian Church conducted the service at the house, where Mrs. J. N. Crawford, Mrs. W. J. Connor, Mrs. Lillian Bretall and Mrs. C. A. Wagner sang "Jesus, Lover of my Soul" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee". Gust Maves, Commander of Bovey Post, was in charge of the military ritual and ceremonies. Members from the four American Legion Posts of this district, Poppe-Smuk of Marble-Calumet, Minnesota, Whittey-Bennet of Taconite, Minnesota, Bovey Post of Bovey, Minnesota and And-Quist Post of Coleraine, Minnesota paid him honor.

    Pall bearers were Harry McKerrighan and Harold Ernest of Coleraine, Minnesota; D. E. Coughlin, Donald Lowe, W. J. Connor, and Edward Welch of Bovey, Minnesota.

    Relatives from out of town who attended the unusually large funeral, which was marked by profusion of beautiful flowers, were Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Krooker of Ewen, Michigan, the latter a niece of Mrs. Doyle; Mrs. J. C. Sullivan and Mrs. W. H. Schmidt of Chicago, Illinois, nieces of Mrs. Doyle, and their husbands and the former's son, Glenn Sullivan; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Geroux and son Merlin, Miss Margaret Ferguson and son George of Bergland, Michigan; Mrs. J. A. McDougal and son Gordon, Mrs. Dan McDonald and A. E. Holdorf of Duluth, Minnesota.

    Information from news article in Grand Rapids Herald Review, dated October 25, 1939:

    Funeral services were held on Monday at three o'clock at the Doyle home in Bovey for John Doyle who died suddenly Saturday morning from a heart attack. The services were in charge of the American Legion with Rev. R. Johnson officiating. Mr. Doyle has been an active ember of the American Legion for a number of years.

    Active pall bearers were Henry M. Kerigan, W. J. Connor, Gust Maves, Edward Welch, Harold Ernst and D. E. Coughlin. Interment was made in the Lakeview cemetery.

    John is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Block 30, Lot 7)

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