Nolan, Michael Earl, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1946-1963, 0402, MarForRes
Service Years
1941 - 1963
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Iwo Jima Certificate

Major

 
 

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Home State
Arizona
Arizona
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Vancouver, Canada
Last Address
Tucson, Az

Date of Passing
Apr 06, 1991
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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United States Marine Raiders AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  2011, United States Marine Raiders Association [Verified]
  2011, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Served in Arizona National Guard, 158th Infantry Regiment Medical Detachment, 1928-1933. Ranked Private, Private First Class, Specialist Fourth Class, and Sergeant.
Lettered in varsity football at Tucson High School. Nicknamed "Tarzan." Selected to Conference All-Star, All-Southern Arizona, All-Arizona, and Yuma Sentinel All-State Teams.
Lettered in varsity track and field at THS. Won medals and set records at Greenway Track and Field Day, Southern Arizona Conference, Southwestern Regional, and Arizona State Meets.
Lettered in varsity football at University of Arizona. Nicknamed "King Kong." Selected to All-Border Conference, Arizona Daily Star All-Border Conference, Arizona Wildcat All-Border Conference, and Phoenix Gazette All-Border Conference Teams.
Named to Associated Press All-America Football Team -- Honorable Mention, 1936. (First from Arizona to be selected)
Named to Liberty magazine All-Players All-America Team, 1936.
Lettered in varsity track and field at UA, competing in shot put, discus, javelin, high jump. Won medals and set records at Greenway Track and Field Day, Border Conference, and Arizona/San Diego Dual Meets. One javelin record stood for 32 years. Named Outstanding Athlete and High-Point AAU Athlete.
Won UA Intramural and Southwestern Amateur Athletic Union heavyweight boxing championships and UA Intramural heavyweight wrestling championship.
Won Arizona Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Championship by first-round knockout, 1937.
Played professional football with NFL Chicago Cardinals, 1937-1938. (First from UA to go pro) Named All-Pro Honorable Mention.
Worked as a sparring partner in Livermore, California, for boxer Max Baer, one-time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Boxed professionally through 1940, including bouts in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, California, and Oregon. Dubbed "Arizona's Heavyweight Sensation - 47." Managed by Frank Paccassi.
Elected to Tucson High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 1996; University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 1996; Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 1998; All-Time Arizona Honor Grid Team, 1949; All-Time Rocky Mountain-Southwest Football Team, 1969; Modern All-Stars U of A Football Team, 1969; All-Time University of Arizona 11 Best Players, 1985; Top 50 UA Football Players of All Time, 2013.
Enlisted in USMC January 16, 1941. Served in active duty through January 22, 1946, rising from private to captain during the war, and retiring a major.
Nicknamed "Big Mike," "Iron Mike," and "Saddle Up Mike."
Received a battlefield commission at Guadalcanal in 1942.
Volunteered for and served with Marine Raiders, September 20, 1942-January 31, 1944.
Served 44 months of foreign and sea service, which included Wallis Island, Guadalcanal/Tulagi, Pavuvu, Puruata, Bougainville, Emirau, Mussau, Iwo Jima, and Sasebo, Kyushu landing in Japan.
Wounded in battle multiple times, including gunshot wound to the leg, shrapnel in the shoulder, injuries to his hands, and hearing problems due to a nearby exploding mortar.
Served postwar in Reserve and Ready Reserve, with military occupational specialty of Engineer Officer. Completed active duty Cold Weather Training, January 11-23, 1952.
Named Executive Officer, 3rd Supply Company, Tucson Reserve and served as member of Volunteeer Trainng Unit (Guided Missile).
Became a member of the Retired Reserve on July 1, 1963, and retired from USMC on January 1, 1971.
On November 20, 1998, inducted into Marine Corps Mustang Association, honoring officers rising from the enlisted ranks.
During 1930s and 1940s, employed as construction worker and foreman in residential and commercial building; heavy equipment operator; special patrolman, Tucson Police Department; welder, steel structural designer, and superintendent for steel building company; firefighter and driver, Tucson Fire Department, 1946-1951. Held contractor's license in cast stone, ornamental plaster, concrete, and cement.
Returned to the University of Arizona in 1951, and earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1955.
Employed as engineer, Silverbell mining project, Arizona, 1955-1957; engineer, Toquepala copper mine, Peru, 1957-1958; forest engineer, United States Forest Service, Coronado National Forest, 1959-1975, in charge of engineering design, construction, and maintenance in the 1,875,000-acre forest.
Married Nellie Ahee, 1946. The couple had one daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
 
   
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  1942-1944, 0302, 3rd Raider Bn



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3rd Raider Bn

Currin, Michael Samuel, Col 3 0302 Major
Mears, Dwayne E, Capt, (1941-1945) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Schreiner, David Nathan, 2ndLt, (1942-1945) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Carmody, Wayne Aloysius, 1stLt, (1943-1944) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Flanery, Charles William, 1stLt, (1942-1945) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Beau, Jerome J C, Maj, (1940-1964) 3 0311 Sergeant
Bones, Alfred, SSgt, (1940-1945) 3 0369 Sergeant
Burleigh, Phillip Tracy, PltSgt, (1943-1945) 3 0369 Platoon Sergeant
Hojnacki, John E, PltSgt, (1942-1945) 3 0369 Platoon Sergeant
Alfano, Daniel F, Cpl, (1942-1944) 3 0311 Corporal
Bonagura, Michael John, Cpl, (1941-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Ervin, Arthur B, Sgt, (1940-1944) 3 0331 Corporal
Peterson, Robert W, Sgt, (1940-1944) 3 0311 Corporal
Rosenquist, Rudolf G, Cpl, (1942-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Grassi, Everett Ben, PFC, (1944-1945) 3 0332 Private 1st Class
Rosencrans, Paul C, Cpl, (1942-1945) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Crawford, Gene Edward, PFC, (1943-1945) 3 0311 Private
Green, J D, Capt, (1942-1962) 1 0141 Platoon Sergeant
Carrillo, Stephen Thomas, PFC, (1943-1945) OF 642 Private 1st Class
Tsosie, Alfred, PFC, (1943-1943) 25 2531 Private 1st Class
Cole, Kenneth, PFC, (1942-1945) OF 521 Private
Foley, Guy Clement, Sgt, (1943-1945) 521 Sergeant
Aleksich, Steven, Cpl, (1942-1945) 521 Corporal
Powers, Robert, Sgt, (1942-1946) 521 Corporal
Wright, Billie R, Cpl, (1942-1945) 521 Corporal
Anderson, Phillip J, PFC, (1942-1945) 521 Private 1st Class
Cammack, Osborn, PFC, (1942-1945) 8541 Private 1st Class
Davis, Ted Allen, PFC, (1943-1943) 521 Private 1st Class
Flanagan, John Patrick, PFC 521 Private 1st Class
Gallagher, Jr, Daniel M., PFC 521 Private 1st Class
Beeney, George F, PFC, (1942-1945) 521 Private
Myers, Peter James, HM1, (1943-1945) HM-8404 Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer (E-6)
Hartman, John H, Pvt, (1944-1945) OF Private
Plock, Marvin, Maj Major
Davis, Earle, Sgt Sergeant
Hendry, Euliff, MGySgt, (1939-1964) Sergeant
Mahoney, Paul, Sgt, (1942-1945) Sergeant
Strank, Michael, Sgt, (1939-1945) Sergeant
DAVIE, ROBERT, Cpl, (1941-1945) Corporal
Dierker, Stanley, PFC, (1941-1943) Private 1st Class
Dierker, Stanley, PFC, (1941-1943) Private 1st Class
Gurke, Henry, PFC, (1942-1943) Private 1st Class
Gurke, Henry, PFC, (1942-1943) Private
McNamara, Joseph, PFC, (1943-1944) Private
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Lawson, Frank Joe, MSgt, (1939-1950) OF Gunnery Sergeant
Co F

Veeck, William, Sgt, (1939-1943) 3 0369 Sergeant
Thostenson, Thorborn M, Sgt, (1942-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Jurgens, Frederick H, Pvt, (1942-1943) OF 745 Private
Downs, William, Sgt, (1941-1950) Sergeant
Bauer, Otto, MSgt, (1942-1961) Corporal
Yancey, John Howard, Capt, (1941-1952) Private 1st Class

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