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Lehigh resident added to Nimitz Museum’s ‘Walk of Honor’
May 29, 2019

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On April 24, a commemorative brick was added to the Nimitz Museum's "Walk of Honor" in Fredericksburg, Texas, for Robert E. Coyne.

Colleen Coyne Bigley, an active member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors group, placed the brick adjacent to her father's ship, the U.S.S. Hull.

Coyne, the youngest of eight children, joined the Navy in 1940. After serving on the U.S.S. Winslow as a signal man, he was transferred to the U.S.S. Hull at Pearl Harbor.

After surviving that infamous day of Dec. 7, 1941, Coyne was commissioned as a lieutenant and left the Navy in 1942.

Coyne moved to Lehigh Acres from New Jersey in the early 1980s. He lived in Lehigh with his wartime wife, Elizabeth Haffey, until her death. He passed away at the age of 96 on Nov. 29, 2016.

Bigley and her son Michael, and his family, have attended U.S.S. Hull reunions in Las Vegas, Fleet Week celebrations in New York City and numerous, private honorary memorials in Lehigh Acres.

Coyne's granddaughter, Joleen, honored her grandfather, along with Tom Brokaw, at the 2006 Pearl Harbor Convention in Honolulu.

The Coyne family has planned an additional ceremony in the fall. Robert E. Coyne's picture and naval history will be also added to the Pacific War Museum's Memorial Wall.

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