Retired Navy Vice Adm. James Henry Doyle, 83, who commanded the Inchon landing and the evacuation from Hungnam during the Korean War, died Monday in Oakland, Calif. He had coronary and respiratory ailments.
Adm. Doyle was commander of U.S. Amphibious Forces in the Far East when he took charge of the Inchon landing by the First Marine Division. Later, he commanded the reverse-action amphibious operation that evacuated the Third and Seventh Infantry Divisions, the First Marine Division and more than 100,000 civilians after Chinese Communists entered the conflict.
After his service in Korea, he was president of the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey here. His last assignment before retirement in 1953 was that of chairman of the Joint Amphibious Board in Norfolk. He then practiced law in Austin, Tex., until moving to San Francisco in 1979.
Adm. Doyle was born in Jamacia, N.Y. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1920. During the late 1920s, he served in the office of the Navy's judge advocate general here and earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School. He also served with the judge advocate general here in 1932-35.
During World War II, he was an operations officer in the Pacific, participating in the Guadalcanal and Solomons Islands campaigns.
His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
His wife, the former Eleanor Fields, died in 1957.
Survivors include two sons, retired Navy Vice Adm. James H. Jr., of Bethesda, and John, of Oakland; two sisters, Mary Lesser, of Garden City, N.Y., and Marianne Jurich of Seattle, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.