Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.


Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.

DOYLE W. BOLLINGER
DOYLE W. BOLLINGER

21, of Poteau, Okla.; assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, Gulfport, Miss.; killed in Iraq when a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area he was working.


Doyle W. Bollinger

Doyle W. Bollinger joined the U.S. Navy shortly after high school. He was a Seabee.

“Wayne is a very special young man and is proud to be a Navy Seabee. He died defending his country. He is without doubt one of America’s finest,” a family statement said.

His unit has been in the Middle East since January, providing construction support to the Navy, Marines and other armed forces during military operations.

“He marched to the beat of a different drum, and he was happy in his own little world,” said Pat Eidschun, a retired teacher who taught Bollinger when he was in the seventh grade in Poteau.


Navy Petty Officer Third Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr. Overpass

Bollinger Overpass
Bollinger Overpass

The overpass is a 4-lane roadway along the Business Route of U.S. 59, spanning another 4-lane divided section of U.S. 59, where the routes converge with U.S. 271 south of Poteau, Oklahoma. Doyle “Wayne” Bollinger, Jr. joined the Navy shortly after graduating from Poteau High School in 2000. He was assigned to the “Seabees” with a rating (specialty) as a Builder. He was assigned for duty with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 based at Gulfport, Mississippi.

He deployed overseas to the Middle East with his unit in January, 2003 in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Bollinger was killed on June 6, 2003, at age 21, while serving his country in Iraq. He was working with his unit on a bridge over the Tigris River, connecting Baghdad with the city of Sarabadi, when a piece of unexploded ordnance detonated.

He was awarded the Naval Presidential Unit citation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, and Naval Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon. The overpass memorial was designated in 2005.


Slain Seabee called generous, always smiling

By Bob Doucette, The Oklahoman

POTEAU Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle Wayne Bollinger Jr. was remembered Monday as an energetic young man who enjoyed giving to others.

Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.
Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.

“He marched to the beat of a different drum, and he was happy in his own little world,” said Pat Eidschun, a retired teacher who taught Bollinger when he was in the seventh grade. “He was so sweet.” Bollinger, who joined the U.S. Navy shortly after high school, died Friday in Iraq after unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area where he was working, according to the Navy. Bollinger was 21.

Eidschun said Bollinger was a happy person who liked to give to others. “He was always grinning and had a smile on his face,” she said. “He wasn’t very big, but he didn’t know it. In his mind, he was a giant.”

Navy Petty Officer Third Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr.
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr.

In Poteau, Bollinger often did odd jobs for people and liked to give people things he’d found or made. Eidschun said she still has a ceramic turtle Bollinger gave her years ago. Bollinger was assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, based in Gulfport, Miss.

Bollinger was killed when his unit was working on a bridge over the Tigris River near the city of Sarabadi, according to the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald newspaper. The bridge is on a highway that connects Baghdad to Sarabadi. Three other people were injured in the blast.

The Navy said Monday the explosion was not combat-related. The accident is under investigation.

 

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