Robert R. Lyons

NAME
Robert Richards Lyons
NICKNAME
Bob
MCSN
284474
HOME OF RECORD
2230 Faber Street, Detroit, MI
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Anna M. Lyons
DATE OF BIRTH
January 8, 1923
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 7, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 14 1943
UNIT
H&S/5th Marines
DUTY
R-2 Section
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Corporal Lyons served with the R-2 section of the 5th Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal On the night of 12 August 1942, he joined a patrol led by Colonel Frank Goettge, intending to investigate reports of a surrendering Japanese encampment.
The patrol was ambushed, isolated on its beachhead, and all but annihilated. Corporal Lyons was one of those who did not return. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Corporal
STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
Temporarily removed for editing and updating. Contact the webmaster for information on this Marine.

Articles and Records:

This letter from Robert’s mother, Ann M. Lyons, was included in his IDPF.

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4 thoughts on “Robert R. Lyons

    1. Hi Megan,

      Thanks for the note–glad you enjoyed the page. I’m hoping to update it soon with more information Cpl. Lyons’ life and about the Goettge Patrol, as well.

      Best,
      Geoff

      1. If you’d like a little information on his childhood I can provide that. Thank you,

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