First Class Photographer Jim Doyle
Residence: Lakewood, Colorado
Branch of Service: US Navy
Station: USS Lexington
Biography: While the USS Lexington aircraft carrier was taking Marines to Midway Island, Jim was left with a small number of Navy planes and fellow Naval Air Pilots on the Naval Air Station on Ford Island. Jim’s MOS was as an aerial photographer, so when the bombing and strafing started on the morning of December 7, he grabbed his camera and began taking pictures of the horrifying scenes around him. During the attack he remembers seeing a Japanese plane crash. When a group of sailors went to recover the pilot’s body, they discovered that he was not yet dead when he pulled out a pistol and shot himself. As the attack wound down, Jim and some of his fellow pilots jumped into their remaining eight Navy planes and tried following the withdrawing Japanese forces. Unfortunately, they were unable to find the force. They met greater misfortune when they returned and the Americans, understandably trigger happy, started firing on their own planes. Jim landed safely while some of his comrades did not. Jim went on to fly missions in the war while assigned to the USS Lexington, participating in the Battle of the Coral Sea. On a photo mission at Guadalcanal, Jim’s plane was shot down and he was medically discharged in 1943.
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Forrest a.k.a. Mike
During Josh’s first deployment to Iraq, he often was the pointman for his squad (2nd Squad) during patrols and was able to identify multiple IED’s that were laid out which prevented the patrol from being struck. During his second deployment, he earned a purple heart when the truck he was riding in was struck by a IED, approx 350lbs of explosive, it burned to the ground. Josh was able to exit the vehicle and provide covering fire against a follow-on small arms attack, while other squad members were evacuated more severely wounded Marines. Josh returned to Iraq for a voluntary 3rd deployment as part of a Personal Security Detail for the Regimental Combat Team command staff. He left active duty in 2008 and shortly thereafter joined the private security venture and has spent a significant amount of time in Afghanistan, primaily Kabul, protecting Embassy staff members and escorting them around to meetings. He met his now wife Andrea, just before leaving active duty. During active duty, he used to visit his family and friends in La Habra as many weekends as he could. He had the nickname, Big Wave Dave, for his hair that he like to style up in the front.
SGT Kinney, Cody
Hometown – Lafayette, Colorado
Parents – Doug & Kathy Kinney
Sister - Cammey
Cody’s first deployment was with 41 Fires BDE to Al Kut Iraq,
where he served on a Brigade PSD. Their main mission was securing
their Colonel while he helped professionalize the Iraqi government
and security forces. Cody won division soldier of the quarter there.
He is currently active and has served in the Army for 5 years.
When on leave Cody loves to ski, hunt & fish – anything outdoors.
Cody would like to thank everyone for all of their support.
SFCS John Tait
Residence: Concord, California
Branch of Service: US Navy
Station: USS St. Louis
Biography: While 3rd Class Ship-Fitter John Tait performed a number of duties throughout his naval career, he was serving as a potable water manager and repairman aboard the USS St. Louis on the morning of December 7. The USS St. Louis was moored alongside the USS Honolulu which John was crossing to hook up a water hose when another sailor came running so fast he nearly knocked John over. The sailor said to get back aboard—that a bomb had exploded. As the Japanese planes began to swarm the harbor, the USS St Louis got under way. As the ship made its way out of the harbor, John prepared himself to rush to wherever he was needed to fight fires or repair damage. While the channel at Pearl is rated at approximately 5 knots, the St. Louis rushed to escape and get to open waters at 25 knots. Waiting for the St. Louis at the mouth of the harbor was a Japanese 2-man sub that fired two torpedoes at the ship. The torpedoes exploded when they hit the reef in front of the St. Louis, giving her the name “Lucky Lou.” The St. Louis did not sustain any major damage on the 7th.