Nolan, Michael Earl, Maj

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



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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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 Military Association Memberships
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 & 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 UA. 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 & field at UA -- 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 pro football with NFL Chicago Cardinals, 1937-1938. (First from UA to go pro) Named All-Pro Honorable Mention.
Boxed professionally through 1940, incl. bouts in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, California, and Oregon.
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. 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, incl. Wallis Island, Guadalcanal/Tulagi, Pavuvu, Puruata, Bougainville, Emirau, Iwo Jima, and Sasebo, Kyushu landing in Japan.
Wounded in battle three times.
Served postwar in Reserve and Ready Reserve. Completed 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.
Employed as firefighter, Tucson Fire Department, 1946-1951; engineer, Toquepala copper mine, Peru, 1957-1958; forest engineer, USFS, Coronado National Forest, 1959-1975.
Married Nellie Ahee, 1946. The couple had one daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), .
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)3rd Raider Bn5th Marine DivisionMarForRes
  1941-1942, 521, 2nd Defense Bn
  1942-1944, 0302, 3rd Raider Bn
  1944-1946, 1801, 5th Marine Division
  1946-1963, 0402, MarForRes
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1953-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended
University of ArizonaUniversity of Arizona
  1933-1936, University of Arizona
  1951-1955, University of Arizona
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