Veteran's Remains Finally Brought Home to West Texas

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

LAMESA - It has been 65 years since Staff Sergeant Jimmie Doyle was killed in a plane crash while on duty in Palau. 

Saturday, his remains were finally laid to rest in his hometown of Lamesa.

"All those emotions were 65 years ago, and now we're bringing him to rest beside his wife," said West Texas Congressman Mike Conaway.

Staff Sergeant Doyle was killed on September 1, 1944. A non profit group called the BentProp Project found the submerged wreckage five years ago.

In 2008, his remains were found in the Pacific Ocean, and now his family finally has some closure.

"He was one of thousands of Americans who left home and never got to come back, and today's the day he gets to come back," said grandson Casey Doyle.

Congressman Mike Conaway, who also lost his father in WWII, attended the memorial.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to honor someone in WWII whose remains have just been recently recoverd," said Conaway.

The Doyle family says they're thankful for having their loved one come home, and for the support the community has given them. Folks gathered at the gravesite in Lamesa to honor Doyle and his family and give him a proper funeral service.

"It's unbelievable the amount of patriotism that you'll find in West Texas. It's a real testament to the people here," said Casey Doyle.