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PFC Michael B. "Mickey" Coyle
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1920
Warren County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1964
Warren County
New Jersey, USA

Michael B. Coyle was a four year starter in football at Phillipsburg High School. He played in the first game "under the lights" at Maloney Stadium.
Micahel B. "Mickey" Coyle was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal during World War II. He survived the sinking of S.S. Leopoldville.

On the day of the attack, the Leopoldville was carrying reinforcements from the 262nd and 264th Regiments, 66th Infantry Division of the United States Army towards the Battle of the Bulge. While in the English Channel on 24 December 1944, approximately five miles from the coast of Cherbourg, the convoy was attacked by U-486 and at 17.54 hours the Leopoldville was hit by one of two torpedoes fired from the U-boat. She finally sank by the stern at 20.40 hours.
Of the 2,235 American servicemen on board, approximately 515 are presumed to have gone down with the ship. Another 248 died from injuries, drowning, or hypothermia. Captain Charles Limbor, one Belgian and three Congolese crewmembers also went down with the ship. An unknown number of British soldiers died. Documents about the attack remained classified until 1996.
One of the escort destroyers, HMS Brilliant, came alongside the stricken vessel. Soldiers on the Leopoldville jumped down onto the smaller Brilliant. The destroyer could take only a few hundred of the men and headed for the shore. No further rescue attempt was made, and some 1,200 men were left aboard. USS PC-1225 also rescued survivors. The Leopoldville stayed afloat for two and a half hours after the torpedo hit before finally sinking, stern first.

Mickey Coyle was a very well liked and respected Phillipsburg Police officer.
Family links: 
  Michael Coyle (____ - 1951)
  Barbara E. Coyle Smith (1884 - 1972)
  John Robert Coyle (1919 - 1999)*
  Michael B. Coyle (1920 - 1964)
*Calculated relationship
Fairmount Cemetery
Warren County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Terry T
Record added: Jul 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54610097
PFC Michael B. Mickey Coyle
Added by: Terry T
PFC Michael B. Mickey Coyle
Added by: Terry T
PFC Michael B. Mickey Coyle
Added by: Terry T
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Uncle Mickey
- Terry T
 Added: May. 31, 2014

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