Captain Dennis D. Dooley

Dennis Dooley enlisted for three years in the Marine Corps April 27, 1951, in Minneapolis Minnesota.  He left high school in Winnebago, Minnesota, where he was a three year letterman in football and basketball.  He had brown hair, brown eyes, weighed 156 pounds and stood 5 four 8 and a half inches tall.

Dennis served in Korea from Nov 1951 to April 1953.  As a PFC, he was awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry in action during operations against an armed enemy in Korea on October 21, 1952.  The Following is from his Silver Star Citation:


Observing a fellow Marine caught on barbed wire when the patrol withdrew to the base of the hill after it was subjected to intense enemy machinegun fire, Private First Class Dooley unhesitatingly returned to the entangled man's position directly in front of a hostile machinegun, pulled him free and continued to expose himself to the heavy fire to assist the Marine to safety.  By his courageous initiative and selfless efforts on behalf of another, Private First Class Dooley served to inspire all who observed him and was instrumental in saving the life of his comrade.


In 1966, S/Sgt Dooley applied for a commission and was sent to Viet Nam in November of 1966.  Between tours Dennis married Nancy, together they had one son who is a teacher in Alaska.

Dennis Dooley passed away in 1973 from Agent Orange while stationed in Alaska.


Submitted by: Dave Jacobsen, a long time friend of Dennis D. Dooley