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Don G. Loe

September 7, 2011

Don G. Loe, 87, of Heavener died Thursday, Sept. 1,
2011, in Heavener. He was born in Redwood City, Calif.,
but grew up in the Tacoma, Wash., and San Francisco Bay
area.
On March 21, 1941, he reported to the Naval Recruit
Center at San Diego. Upon completion of basic training,
he reported for duty in November 1941 on the heavy
cruiser USS Salt Lake City. He was on the water in a
motor launch when a Japanese plane opened fire, beginning
the attack at Pearl Harbor. He returned to the Salt
Lake City 11 days later and saw considerable action in a
number of other campaigns: Marshall and Gilbert Islands,
Wake Island, Doolittle raid on Tokyo, Guadalcanal and
Tulagi Island landings, Battle of Cape Esperanza,
Komandorski and the invasion of Attu.
He was on the aircraft carrier USS Saidor during two
atomic bomb tests in July 1946 where sailors were ordered
to stand on the flight deck during the tests.
In September 1950, he participated in the successful
invasion of the Port of Inchon. As a combat engineer, his
unit assisted the First Marine Division defeat North
Korean forces. He participated in close quarter combat
until 1952, when he returned to the United States. He
retired from active duty in June 1967. A few years later he
moved to Heavener and once again put on a uniform as a
police officer in LeFlore County, the first Park Ranger at
Wister State Park. He continued to serve the city of
Heavener and his church for many years and was a member
of the Heavener Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his baby daughter,
Virginia.
Family visited with friends at Dowden Funeral Home
Monday.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First Christian
Church in Heavener with burial in Memorial Park
Cemetery. Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener handled
arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Flora Mae
(Kunkel) Loe whom he met and married on one of his
liberties; one son, Donald Loe and wife Pat of Hollister,
Calif.; two daughters: Kathy Morrill of Heavener, Barbara
Routen and husband Pastor Philip Routen of Haw Creek;
seven grandchildren: Steven Loe, Tina Loe, Bob Morrill,
Scott Morrill, Ed Morrill, Christine Routen, Nathan
Routen and wife Shannon; five great-grandchildren: Kayla
and Kyle Morrill; Bethany and Liva Routen, and Sarah
Pollak.

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