Service Number: 284474
Birth and Early Life:
Robert Lyons was born in Springfield, Missouri around the year 1924. His father died when he was young; Anna Lyons moved her three children to Hamtramck, Michigan, outside of Detroit. They lived at 2230 Faber Street; the family made ends meet by renting a room while the older children worked as a waitress and a pin-setter at the local bowling alley.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Bob Lyons joined his local Reserve unit on May 7, 1940. He attended weekly drills with the 17th Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve in Detroit and took additional training at Quantico before being transferred to Battery B, 11th Marines.
Private Lyons was with the 11th for the first few months of 1941; he transferred to the Fifth Marines, where he worked as the clerk for the regimental chaplain. He was working in the “God Box” – the chaplain’s office – when Pearl Harbor was attacked; in the first few months of 1942 he was promoted to corporal and transferred to the Regiment’s intelligence section. He trained with them through the spring of 1942 in North Carolina and New Zealand, and landed on Guadalcanal on August 7.
Date Of Loss:
Corporal Lyons was killed in action during a patrol led by division intelligence officer Colonel Frank Goettge. His remains were never recovered.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Anna Lyons
Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.