Sidney Loe was born on August 15, 1916, in Sanish, North Dakota. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 23, 1939, and graduated from basic training and advanced training at NTS Great Lakes, Illinois, in June 1939. His first assignment was aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) from June 1939 to May 1940, and he then attended Submarine School at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from July to October 1940. MoMM2c Loe next served aboard the submarine USS S-1 (SS-105) from November 1940 to March 1942, followed by service aboard the submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) in March 1942 for her fitting out and commissioning, and then remained aboard from April 1942 until he was killed in action during a confrontation with the armed Japanese freighter Kano Maru on July 30, 1942. On August 22, 2007, a search team organized by the three sons of CDR Mannert Abele (the Captain of the Grunion when she was sunk) used a remotely operated vehicle to find a sunken vessel 3,000 feet down in the Bering Sea north of Kiska Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands. On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Navy announced that the sunken vessel is the World War II submarine USS Grunion (SS-216).
His Navy Commendation Medal Citation reads:
For meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. GRUNION which destroyed three enemy destroyers while engaged in a war patrol in enemy controlled waters. Despite severe and persistent anti-submarine measures resulting from these three successful attacks, the GRUNION was brought safely through the counter attacks and continued an aggressive war patrol. As a member of the crew of the GRUNION, your performance of duty was an important and material contribution to the prosecution of this war.