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(Born N. Y.)
Dennis E. Nolan
(Ap'd N. Y.)
(Dennis Ernest Nolan)
Born Akron, NY.a
Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from Sept. 1, 1892 to June 12, 1896, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to
(Add. Second Lieut. of Infantry, 3d Infantry, June 12, 1896)
(Second Lieut. of Infantry, 1st Infantry, Aug. 27, 1896)
Served: At Angel Island, Presidio of San Francisco, and San Diego Barracks, Cal., from Sept. 30, 1896 to May, 1898. — Adjutant of battalion on "Gussie" expedition. — Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Army Corps, June 6 to July 3; participated in the battle of El Caney, July 1. — Acting Aide to brigade commander, July 3 to 13. — Aide to Brigadier-General Chambers McKibbin, U. S. Volunteers, July 13, in command of the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Army Corps, at Santiago and Montauk Point, and the 1st Brigade, Provisional Division, 2d Army Corps, at Camp Meade, Pa., and Camp McKenzie, Augusta, Ga., to –––––; Recommended for brevets of First Lieutenant and Captain, U. S. Army, for services in the Spanish-American war.
(First Lieut. of Infantry, Dec. 14, 1898)
(Assigned to 1st Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899)
(Transferred to 13th Infantry, March 14, 1899)
(Major, 11th U. S. Volunteer Cavalry, Aug. 10, 1899)
Military History. —
(Major, 11th U. S. Volunteer Cavalry, Aug. 10, 1899 to March 13, 1901)
— Acting Inspector-General, Headquarters, Division of the Philippines, Dec. 17, 1900 to Feb. 11, 1901; Acting Adjutant-General, 1st District, Department of Northern Luzon, with station at Vigan, P. I., Feb. 11, 1901 to July 1, 1901.
(Captain, 30th Infantry, July 6, 1901)
— On duty at the U. S. Military Academy, Department of Law and History, Aug. 28, 1901 to Aug. 15, 1903; served as member of the General Staff Corps, with station at Washington, D. C., from Aug. 15, 1903 to Aug. 15, 1906; on duty with regiment, with station at Fort Logan H. Roots, Arkansas,º and Fort William McKinley, P. I., Aug. 15, 1906 to Nov. 8, 1907; detailed Nov. 8, 1907, as Inspector for the Philippines Constabulary; Director of the District of Southern Luzon, Philippines Constabulary, Sept. 1, 1909 to –––––.
(Dennis Edwin Nolan, Born April 22, 1872.)
Military History. —
Captain, 30th Infantry, July 6, 1901.
In Philippines, Director of Philippine Constabulary, Nov. 8, 1907; Director of District of Southern Luzon, Sept. 1, 1909, to April 1, 1910; Inspector of Philippine Constabulary to July 31, 1911; Regimental Adjutant, 30th Infantry, Nov. 1, 1911; to May, 1915; (during this period served two years in Alaska with regiment); at Washington, D. C., member of General Staff, May, 1915, to
(Major of Infantry, July 1, 1916)
May 27, 1917, when he sailed for France with General Pershing as Chief of Intelligence, A. E. F.; continued on this duty to
(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Aug. 5, 1917)
(Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Aug. 5, 1917)º
(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918)
July 14, 1919, on which date he was relieved and ordered to Washington, D. C., for duty as one of the Directors of the General Staff Corps for the Course in Intelligence; (assigned to command of 55th Brigade, 28th Division, then engaged in the valley of the Aire River in the Meuse-Argonne Battle, Sept. 28, 1918; commanded Brigade until Division was relieved on night of Oct. 8‑9); recommended for promotion to grade of Brigadier-General by General Pershing, May 23, 1918; recommended by General Muir, commanding 28th Division, for promotion to grade of Major-General, Oct. 9, 1918; recommended by General Pershing for promotion to grade of Major-General, Oct. 20, 1918; Commander of the Bath (English); Commander of the Crown (Italian); Commander of the Crown (Belgian); Commander of the Legion of Honor (French); cited "organized and administered with rare ability the Intelligence Section of the General Staff. He has distinguished himself by his clear and correct decisions and by his ability as an organizer. During the operations, having been placed temporarily in command of an Infantry Brigade, he showed brilliant qualities as a leader and a courage and coolness which won for him a high American distinction, the Distinguished Service Cross."
Distinguished Service Cross
"For extraordinary heroism in action near Apremont, France, October 1, 1918. While the enemy was preparing a counterattack, which they preceded by a terrific barrage, Gen. Nolan made his way into the town of Apremont and personally directed the movement of his tanks under a most fire of enemy machine guns, rifles and artillery. His indomitable courage and coolness so inspired his forces that about 400 of our troops repulsed an enemy attack of two German regiments."
Distinguished Service Medal
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He organized and administered with marked ability the intelligence section of the General Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces. His estimates of the complex and everchanging military and political situation, his sound judgment, and accurate discrimination were invaluable to the Government, and influenced greatly the success that attended the operations of the American armies in Europe."
Military History: —
Distinguished Service Cross.
Distinguished Service Medal.
Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918.
Ordered to Washington, D. C., July 14, 1919, for duty as one of the Directors of the General Staff Corps for the Course in Intelligence, to
Returned to Grade of Major, July 31, 1919.
Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry, Jan. 27, 1920.
Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1920.
Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Recess Appointment, July 3, 1920.
Aug., 1920; at Washington, D. C., Assistant Chief of Staff Military Intelligence Division, War Department General Staff, Aug., 1920, to
Returned to Grade of Colonel, March 4, 1921.
Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Apr. 27, 1921.
Sept., 1921; at Camp Travis, Tex., commanding 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, to Dec. 5, 1922; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., commanding 2nd Division to July 1, 1923; at Washington, D. C., Assistant Chief of Staff G‑4, War Department General Staff, Dec. 1, 1923, to Sept. 14, 1924; Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to
Major-General, U. S. A., Jan. 25, 1925.
Mar. 8, 1926; at Geneva, Switzerland, Chief of Army Representation of the War Department with The Preparatory Commission on the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments, to May 21, 1927; at Fort Hayes, Ohio, commanding 5th Corps Area, to –––––
Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Point , Cuba, May 12, 1898," and again, "for gallantry against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."
Military History: —
(Maj.‑Gen., Jan. 25, 1925.)
(Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Apr. 30, 1936. By operation of law.)
Decorations: — SS (Oak Leaf Cluster); Grand Officer of the National Orden al Merito, Chile.
Civil History: — Director of Department of State's Participation, New York World's Fair, July 1, 1936, to –––––; Received the War Governor's Perpetual Membership Award from the New York Society Military and Naval Officers World War, Apr. 5, 1939; Pres. of the Assn. of Graduates, U. S. M. A., June, 1938 to June, 1940; Pres. of the Philippine Club, Jan. 1940.
Military History: —
Maj Gen Ret 30 Apr 36
Civil History: — Director of Dept of States' Participation, New York World's Fair, 1 Jul 36-Nov 40; Chrm Bd of Trustees, Citizens Budget Commission, Inc, Nov 40 –––––. 50th East 58th St, New York 22 NY
Died, Feb. 24, 1956, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 83.b
See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.
Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
a Gen. Nolan's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.
b Gen. Nolan died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the WPAOG memorial article.
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