William Anthony Doolin
T/5 in 3133rd Signal Service Co
Born 1922 in CA, Died 1998
County of residence at enlistment: San Francisco County, CA
Other residence(s): San Carlos, CA; Redwood City, CA; San Mateo, CA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: semiskilled occupations in manufacture of electrical machinery and accessories, n.e.c.
College education before the war: Caltech 2 years
College education after the war: Caltech
Anthony Doolin (he used his middle name) was born on April 13, 1922 in San Francisco, CA, the oldest of three children. His father was a salesman, and later worked in insurance; his mother had emigrated from Australia only a few years earlier and was employed as a photographer.
Anthony graduated from St. James High School in San Francisco and matriculated at Caltech. When he registered for the draft, on June 30, 1942, he was a student there. When he enlisted, on December 15, 1942, he stated that he had had two years of college and that his work was in the category of "semiskilled occupations in the manufacture of electrical machinery and accessories."
He was assigned to the 3133 Signal Service Company, and saw service in Italy during the war. He was discharged from the Army with the rank of T/5.
After returning home, he finished his degree at Caltech and eventually took a job at Southern Pacific Railroad. When he married Nancy Rutledge, on February 15, 1958, he was working as a draftsman there.
The young couple settled in San Carlos, and went on to have five sons and a daughter in quick succession. By 1965 the family was living in Redwood City and Anthony was working as an engineer at Lockheed. (His brother Brian also became an engineer at NASA and also Lockheed.) Later they settled in San Mateo.
He died on July 2, 1998 in Aurora, MO, and is buried at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, CA.
1942 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1958 marriage record
1958 article in Des Moines Tribune (IA) re marriage
1958 San Carlos (CA) City Directory
1965 Redwood City (CA) Directory
1998 Social Security applications and claims index
1998 Find a Grave record
1998 death notice in San Francisco Chronicle (CA)