Miracle in the South Pacific

A Sailor’s Story of Survival in World War II

by Robert J. Loyd & With Donna J. Loyd



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/19/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781532012310
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781532012327

About the Book

In 1943, Robert Loyd was a sixteen-year-old without a driver’s license or a car who had just moved to St. Louis from the countryside. The Uncle Sam Wants You! posters hanging in every public building enticed him to lie about his age and join the fight. After graduating from the program at Farragut Naval Training Station, he was assigned to overhauling the USS Dewey, a destroyer, in Bremerton, Washington. When the Dewey was deemed seaworthy, his group received orders to join the Third Fleet in the Pacific and arrived in Honolulu in October 1943. The next months were spent in and around Ulithi atoll in the Western Caroline Islands, protecting and escorting the fleet’s carriers, tankers, and cruisers. In December 1944, the Dewey weathered a powerful typhoon, her crew lashed to their bunks or to stanchions, as the ship was tossed by winds and rain and finally righted itself after an eighty-degree roll. After repairs, the ship rejoined the fleet in February 1945 and supported the invasion of Iwo Jima. The Dewey was decommissioned in October 1945, and the author returned to civilian life in May 1946.

About the Author

Robert J. Loyd is a first-time author at eighty-eight. His naval experiences are archived at the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, Texas. In 2013 he participated with WWII veterans in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC. After eighty-seven years in St. Louis and his wife’s death, Mr. Loyd moved to a retirement community in Savannah, Georgia, near his son and daughter-in-law (his coauthor). Donna J. Loyd a retired high school teacher, taught English and directed a nationally-recognized writing program for teachers in Columbia, Missouri, As a writing consultant, she conducted workshops and seminars at state, national, and international conferences. After moving to Savannah, she taught creative writing at Savannah Christian Preparatory School and presently serves as associate director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project.