Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Monday ~ Great Uncle Gordon McAlpin Pyle

My paternal grandfather, Charles McAlpin Pyle, was the second youngest of six children of James Tolman Pyle and Frances Adelaide McAlpin. The youngest of their children was Gordon McAlpin Pyle, born August 15, 1901, in Morristown, New Jersey.

He grew up in a very comfortable life: his parents owned a home at 673 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and a country estate, Hurstmont, in Morris County, New Jersey.

He became a well-known yachtsman and amateur aviator. He married Zene Montgomery on October 14, 1926. They had one daughter, Zene Adelia Pyle, born in 1937 in England. It looks like they enjoyed traveling; most of the records I find for them are 1920's and 1930's passenger lists from around the world.

During World War II, Gordon served as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a volunteer organization founded in December 1941. From their website: "Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions."

Great Uncle Gordon made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the CAP. His plane disappeared on Monday, October 18, 1943, while on patrol off New York. By that Friday, October 23, the search had been called off.

Saturday, October 23, 1943, Springfield (MA) Republican, p. 7;

Saturday, October 23, 1943, Greensboro (NC) Record, p. 7;

No comments:

Post a Comment