|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1917|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1982|
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. He helped liberate the Philipines, and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.
The youngest brother John, tried several times to enlist, but due to burn injuries suffered before the war, they wouldn't accept him.
This past Sept 2016, the last of the brothers passed away; Francis "Archie" Dolsen. The were 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 (Willis); 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 hesitated, 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.
To thier surprise, they were returned to train at Selfridge AAF base just north of Detroit, MI, and later to training in South Carolina and elsewhere. By summer of 42, they shipped out, first to Ireland, then England, then to North Africa in the fall of 42.
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 summer 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 an 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, from stateside to Ireland, England, through North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He retainded that rank when he was honorably discharged in Sept 1945, and returned to Michigan with his new 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.
James D. Dolsen (1888 - 1955)
Mary Catherine Crawford Dolsen (1893 - 1950)
Marceil Ruthelma Sawtell - Dolsen Denton (1927 - 2003)
James William Dolsen (1950 - 1952)*
Sarah Ann Dolsen Holmes (1916 - 1984)*
James D. Dolsen (1917 - 1982)
Willis Earl Dolsen (1919 - 2007)*
Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Michael L Dolsen
Originally Created by: Diana Davis-Marshall
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73807412