DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY|
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375
22 September 1970
AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
TC 439. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
DOLAN, JAMES E. 014-36-8793 SPECIALIST FOUR United States Army
Company B, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, APO 96250
Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date of Action: 25 May 1970
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:
Specialist Four Dolan distinguished himself while serving as lead man of a combat patrol in the Crescent Mountains. When his patrol encountered an enemy bunker complex, Specialist Dolan and his team leader assaulted the position. The enemy immediately countered with a barrage of fire which forced the two aggressors to withdraw. During the withdrawal, Specialist Dolan was seriously wounded by the enemy but continued to place suppressive fire on the enemy to cover his comrades. Suddenly, an enemy grenade landed between Specialist Dolan and two other team members. Shouting a warning to his companions, he threw himself toward the grenade and shielded them from the blast. Although quickly evacuated to nearby medical facilities, Specialist Dolan expired a short time later. Specialist Dolan's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
CHARLES M. GETTYS
Major General, USA
Chief of Staff
Paul T. Smith
Transcribed from the Citation Letter by K J Davis, CDR, USN (Ret)