Bob Hale – WWII Navy “Boat Driver” to Iwo Jima and Okinawa
Navy Coxswain Bob Hale, all of 18 years old, didn’t know it at the time, but he was headed into the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War. His job as a Coxswain was, as he put it, “a boat driver.” I submit that he was much more than just a “boat driver.” He and his crew’s job were to take 26 Marines ashore at Iwo Jima from APA (Attack Transport) #154 U.S.S. Lowndes aboard his LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel). After a “few trips to shore, they would begin bringing back the dead and wounded.” The Lowndes received and treated 365 wounded from the Iwo beach.