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James D. Dolsen
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Birth: Jul. 19, 1917
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1982
Luna County
New Mexico, USA

He was born in Oakland Co., Michigan to James D. Samuel Dolsen. Sometimes Dad having most of the same name, was mistaken as Jr. But that isn't so. Dad only had an "initial" for his middle name, and no actual name. Grandfather James had an "initial and a name". Dad had a older sister; Sarah, and four younger brothers. Willis mentioned below, Francis "Archie", also in the Air Corps, was a Ball Turret Gunner on B-17's. He bailed out over Germany in Nov 43, and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Maynard the next brother was in the Army too, but in the South Pacific. Helped liberate the Philipines. The youngest brother John, tried several times to enlist, but due to burn injuries before the war, they wouldn't accept him. As of 1 Dec 2011, only Francis and John are still with us. We are very happy to still have them around. Wonderful Uncles. Dad was mostly a Farmer and Heavy Equipment operator. The family grew up in the depression era and it was hard on everyone. He dropped out of school after the 8th Grade to help work and help the family. Then the War came. Dad was a Veteran of World War II; U.S. Army Air Corps. As the story goes. He and his next inline brother; Dad being the oldest of the 5 brothers; Willis and he were drafted in the summer of 1941. They were at Camp Grant, IL, when within the first week, the Air Corps offered more money and such, if they would enlist. So, Willis thought, this would be good, but dad hesitaed, thinking they would be home within a year, but over that weekend, he came to agree with his brother and they both enlisted into the Army Air Corps. After induction, training at Selfridge AAF north of Detroit, MI, and training in South Carolina and elsewhere, they shipped out to North Africa. Oddly, they both; he and Willis, were mostly together for all their tour except when Dad obtained enough points and was sent stateside in the fall of 1944. Willis remained in Italy till the end of the war. Dad's primary job was that of an Armorer. He worked on the weapons (guns) of the Spitfire and P-51's aircraft in his fighter group. Though only having a 8th grade education, he was smart. And advanced fast in rank, and being older than the most, in his mid 20's, he rose in rank fast. For most of his tour, he was a Technical Sergeant; T/Sgt, through North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. By the time he returned stateside in late 1944, he obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant/E7, which by 1948 was changed to SGT First class. He was honorably discharged in Sept 1945, and returned to Michigan with his wife; the former Marceil R. Sawtell, of Pueblo, CO., whom he married in Feb 1945 in Hastings, NE, near the Army Air Corps post where he was stationed. Dad and Mom had four children. Before me, there was James William, a brother who passed away just after I was born, about 2 yrs of age. Then me, then Two Great Sisters. Dad was never rich in dollars, but VERY rich in character and love for family. WE miss you Dad. 
Family links: 
  James D. Dolsen (1888 - 1955)
  Mary Catherine Crawford Dolsen (1893 - 1950)
  Sarah Ann Dolsen Holmes (1916 - 1984)*
  James D. Dolsen (1917 - 1982)
  Willis E Dolsen (1919 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens
Luna County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Michael L Dolsen
Originally Created by: Diana Davis-Marshall
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73807412
James D. Dolsen
Added by: Michael L Dolsen
James D. Dolsen
Added by: Michael L Dolsen
James D. Dolsen
Added by: Diana Davis-Marshall
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I miss you everyday.
- Marcia Taylor
 Added: Dec. 1, 2011
Love & Miss you Dad !
- marla allen
 Added: Dec. 1, 2011
Lest one is forgotten.
- Diana Davis-Marshall
 Added: Nov. 17, 2011
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