Gerald F. Dooley
April 26, 1935 - February 1, 2001
Gerald F. Dooley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Dooley was born April 26 1935 and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts's Belvedere section. He attended Church /school at the Immaculate Conception. He began boxing in the Lowell Sun Golden Gloves in 1952 and quickly made quite a name for himself. He went on to become a Golden Gloves Champion.
Jerry enlisted on July 15, 1953 after graduating from Keith Academy in Lowell, Massachusetts. As a sergeant he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on June 6, 1958. He served three tours in Vietnam and participated in flight operations during the Cuban crisis and Dominican Republic.
His personal awards include, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, the Air Medal with 32 Strike/Flight awards, 3 Single Mission Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam. He also wears the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Navy Unit Commendation with 3 stars, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with 6 stars, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Civil Action 1st Class) with Palm, and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge, and was recognized for many acts of heroism. During his 25 years of active service he has performed duties of Drill Instructor, Presidential Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aircraft Commander, CH-46 Project Officer, Executive Officer of HMT-301, Plans and Electronic Warfare Officer for HQ I MAF, Commanding Officer of H&HS-38 and Commanding Officer of MACG-38 and MATCS-38. He was a former Marine Corps Heavyweight Boxing Champion, who also played and coached Marine Corps varsity baseball for 6 years.
After retirement from the Corps as a Lt. Colonel, Jerry worked as the Director of Facilities for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and continued his studies in political science. Later he became the Director of Facilities for the Trammell Crow Co. in Irvine, California. He finally retired to spend time with his family and to travel with his wife Eleanor. They enjoyed Greece, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Hawaii and Tahiti. He remained an avid runner as well.
His wife Eleanor of 45 years, daughter Debi, and sons Stephan and David survive him. He has three grandchildren, Shannon, Travis and Danielle
Jerry Dooley loved his family and lived his life to the fullest.
The world has lost a great warrior and soldier of freedom.
I hope there's a place, way up
in the sky,
Jerry's Memorial Folder reproduced with permission from Eleanor Dooley