Born at Gloucester, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1899, he received his DDS degree from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1912. He entered the service from Massachusetts as a Lieutenant (jg), Dental Corps in 1915 and advanced steadily through the grades to Vice Admiral. He earned the Medal of Honor while serving as a Lieutenant Commander in World War I in France on April 23, 1918.
He retired from the service on August 1, 1948. His other decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star (with palms) and the Italian War Cross.
He died on July 15, 1955 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Ruth Haire Lyle (1894-1963) is buried with him.
LYLE, ALEXANDER GORDON
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander (Dental Corps), U.S. Navy. Born: 12 November 1889, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Appointed from: Massachusetts. Other Navy award: Legion of Merit.
For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the 5th Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps. Under heavy shellfire, on 23 April 1918, on the French Front, Lieutenant Commander Lyle rushed to the assistance of Corporal Thomas Regan, who was seriously wounded, and administered such effective surgical aid while bombardment was still continuing, as to save the life of Corporal Regan.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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