James W. Dooley

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CO E 1953 (Deceased 2010)




(upgraded from a Silver Star Medal)

Headquarters, Eighth  U.S. Army
General Orders No. 767 – August 19, 1953

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant James W. Dooley (ASN: US-55225201), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Sergeant Dooley distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea, on 9 June 1953. On that date, Sergeant Dooley was a member of an assault party which closed in hand-to-hand combat with a hostile force defending a strategic hill. During the action, Sergeant Dooley continually exposed himself to heavy fire at the entrances to caves sheltering enemy troops to hurl grenades which inflicted numerous casualties and neutralized enemy fire. When six hostile soldiers charged from their bunker into the United Nations ranks, Sergeant Dooley exposed himself and killed all members of the group with automatic rifle fire. Informed that a comrade had been wounded on the upper slope of the hill, Sergeant Dooley climbed the steep slope under the enemy barrage. As he arrived at the wounded man’s side, an enemy grenade landed close to the wounded man. Disregarding all thoughts of personal safety, Sergeant Dooley threw himself on top of his wounded comrade to protect him from grenade fragments. In so doing, Sergeant Dooley sustained painful wounds on the arms and hands. Then, with the aid of covering fire from other members of the patrol, Sergeant Dooley, under direct enemy observation, carried the wounded man back down the hill to safety.

Submitted by Rob Edwards
Media Development Specialist
Lansing Community College


James W. Dooley Dimondale James W. Dooley died after a short illness on October 8, 2010 at the age of 82. Jim served in the Michigan National Guard for 34 years and retired in 1988. He received a Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart for his service in the Army during the Korean War. Jim enjoyed match target shooting, bowling and playing cards with his wife and friends. He is survived by his wife, Jean Dooley; son James Michael Dooley; stepchildren, Bonnie Lynn, Ruby Grimes and William Stanton; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren also survive. The Funeral Service will be held Thursday, October 14, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1519 Elmwood Rd., Lansing, Michigan with Rev. Fr. David Pike officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the church and then once again on Thursday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church or The Michigan Kidney Foundation in memory of Jim. The family is being served by the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Delta Chapel. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.