From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Boyle '77

Date of birth: April 17, 1953

Date of death: December 17, 1992

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1977 Lucky Bag:


From Chicago Tribune on January 12, 1993:

James E. Boyle, 39, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, was a decorated pilot and flew missions in the Gulf War.

A resident of Norwood Park, he died Dec. 17 in a crash while on a training mission near Twin Falls, Idaho.

Lt. Cmdr. Boyle, who was born in Chicago, was president of the Lane Tech High School Class of 1971 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he played varsity football.

He flew in the Chicago Air and Water Show several years ago.

Lt. Cmdr. Boyle took his flight training at Whiting Field, Fla., and at Meridian, Miss., getting his wings in 1979.

He served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, the USS Ranger, the USS Enterprise and the USS Midway. He flew off the latter during the Gulf War. He flew 15 strike and eight direct-combat-support missions, accumulated 71 combat flight hours and was decorated three times for heroic and meritorious achievement in combat.

Among the medals he received were the Air Medal with the bronze numeral "2" and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Lt. Cmdr. Boyle flew more than 3,600 flight hours and accumulated 608 arrested landings on five aircraft carriers.

Survivors include a daughter, Erika; and a stepson, Samuel; his parents, Jack and Valerie; two brothers; and a sister.

He is buried in Illinois.

Class of 1977

James is one of 16 members of the Class of 1977 on Virtual Memorial Hall.