Group to Capt Richard V. Dolan, USNR/New York Naval Militia
Group to Captain Richard V. Dolan, USNR/New York Naval Militia: Navy Commendation Ribbon; Naval Reserve Medal, wrap brooch; World War I Victory Medal, clasp “Escort”, hand-engraved on the obverse “USS Corsair/France”; American Theater Campaign Medal, in its Navy issue box; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, in its Navy issue box; World War II Victory Medal, boxed; New York Long and Faithful Service Medal, 10 years, numbered “6484″, marked by Dieges & Clust (in the lower half of its issue box); New York Long and Faithful Service Medal, 15 years, numbered “2954″, marked by Dieges & Clust, in its issue box with “Lt Comd R.V. Dolan” written on the lid; New York Long and Faithful Service Medal, 20 years, numbered “1709″ and marked “Gleason Company/Albany”, in its issue box with “1709″ and “Dolan” written on the bottom; New York World War I Service Medal, numbered “35779″, in its issue box; New York Recruiting Medal, “New York Naval Militia” obverse; New York 2nd Battalion, Naval Militia 100% Duty Medal, in its original issue box by Hock & Mandel; New York First Battalion, Naval Militia Armory Marksman Badge, bar “1935″, marked by Dieges & Clust; New York Naval Militia “Marksman “ bar, bronze; New York Naval Militia “Marksman/NYNM” bar, silvered, marked “D&C/Plated”. Plus, a Navy dog tag to Lt Comdr Dolan (T 9/41), two small ID photos of Dolan as a captain; a small pack of Captain Dolan’s calling cards. With a set of seven miniature medals mounted on two bars: Navy Commendation Medal; Naval Reserve Medal (with 3 stars); World War I Victory Medal, with 1 star; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal.
Richard Vincent Dolan was born in New York in 1893. He enlisted in the New York Naval Militia in 1911. During World War I, he was a boatswain’s mate first class before being commissioned in September 1917. He served aboard USS Corsair (SP-159), a steam yacht acquired by the Navy in 1917. The ship escorted the first convoy of troops for the AEF to France and remained off the European coast on escort duties. After the war, Dolan remained in the Naval Reserve, rising to captain in 1948. During World War II, he was commanding officer of US Naval Advanced Base Nandi, Fiji Islands. Dolan was recommended for the Bronze Star for his service in Fiji (1943-1944), but this was downgraded to a Letter of Commendation with ribbon. Captain Dolan retired in 1957.