Cole, Doyle Henson, LtCol

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
7302-Pilot VMF
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1959-1970, 7302, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
Service Years
1942 - 1970

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Laura Cole-Family to remember Marine LtCol Doyle Henson Cole.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Ft. Smith, AR
Last Address
Highway 59
Frog Hollow

Date of Passing
Jul 15, 1980
Location of Interment
Fort Smith National Cemetery - Fort Smith, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
sect 14, row 0, site 160

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Last Known Activity
Retired. Spent time managing a farm for widowed mother of a friend. 
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Doyle H. Cole (MCSN: 0-20941), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Marine Fighter Squadron THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-323) during action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 11 August 1950. Participating in a close support strike which intercepted and routed a mechanized column of enemy troops, Second Lieutenant Cole made several bold strafing and rocket runs in the face of intense hostile fire, aiding materially in the destruction of thirty hostile vehicles and hundreds of the enemy. With his plane hit during the action and losing oil rapidly, he elected to remain with his section leader when his plane was also struck and forced to crash-land in enemy territory. Furnishing cover for the downed pilot, he stood ready to make strafing runs to prevent the hostile troops from capturing the pilot, resolutely maintaining this position until another fighter plane and a rescue helicopter arrived on the scene to relieve him. Finally making his way back to safety, he skillfully guided his crippled aircraft to friendly lines and, just as his engine failed due to lack of oil, crash-landed in the sea at the edge of the beach line. Second Lieutenant Cole's superb airmanship, outstanding courage and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Aviation UnitsMarine Operational Training Group 81 (MOTG-81)Marine Wing Headquarters Group 1 (MWHG-1), 1st MAW
VMB-611Marine Corps Air Bases EastH&MS-33, MAG-33VMF-323
MCAS El Toro, CANATTC, Memphis TNVMF-323VMF-323
MAG-33Instrument Training School, MAD, NATTC, MemphisMAG-11MAG-11
VMFT-10Aviation Units
  1942-1943, 7599, NAP (Enlisted Flight Training) Course
  1943-1944, 1021, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Corpus Christi, TX
  1944-1945, 2543, Marine Operational Training Group 81 (MOTG-81)
  1945-1945, 1059, Marine Wing Headquarters Group 1 (MWHG-1), 1st MAW
  1945-1945, 1081, VMB-611
  1946-1946, 1081, MCAAF Oak Grove
  1946-1946, 1002, H&MS-33, MAG-33
  1946-1946, 1002, VMF-323
  1947-1947, 747, H&HS MCAS El Toro, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1947-1947, 770, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Corpus Christi, TX
  1947-1948, 5949, MAD NATTC Memp. Class "A" School
  1948-1948, VMF-323
  1948-1948, 1059, VMF-323
  1949-1950, H&MS-33, MAG-33
  1950-1951, 7302, VMF-323
  1951-1951, 7302, Instrument Training School, MAD, NATTC, Memphis
  1952-1952, 7302, MAG-11
  1952-1953, 7302, MAG-11
  1954-1955, 7320, SOES, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1955-1955, 6720, GCA-Ground Controlled Approach-RADAR Course
  1955-1956, 6724, SOES, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1956-1956, 7302, VMFT-10
  1957-1958, 7302, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1958-1958, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Corpus Christi, TX
  1959-1970, 7302, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Colleges Attended
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  1939-1942, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith2
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  Feb 09, 2019, General Photos
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