- Dennis E. Nolan
Dennis Edward Nolan
Gen. Dennis E. Nolan
Born April 22, 1872
Akron, New York
Died February 24, 1956(aged 83)
New York City, New York
Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1896-1936 Rank Major General Commands held Chief, Intelligence Services, American Expeditionary Force
55th Brigade - 28th Infantry Division
Director, Military Intelligence Division G-2
2nd Infantry Division
Fifth Corps Area
Second Corps Area
First United States Army
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Order of the Crown - Italy
National Order of Merit - Chile
Other work President, U.S. Military Academy Association of Graduates
Dennis E. Nolan (April 22, 1872 – February 24, 1956) was a career officer with the United States Army through three wars. He distinguished himself by heading the first modern American military combat intelligence function during World War I. Nolan served as the head football coach at the United States Military Academy in 1902, compiling a record of 6–1–1.
Early life, education, football coaching career
Born in Akron, New York, outside of Buffalo, New York, Nolan was the son of an Irish immigrant. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1896. In 1902, Nolan coached the Army football team to a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. The New York Times of 1930s noted that many contemporary U. S. Generals (Nolan, Leon Kromer, Malin Craig, Paul Bunker) were connected by past football experience at West Point.
Starting in August 1920, Nolan, then a brigadier general, served for a year as the War Department Chief of Military Intelligence Division.
From 1927 to 1931, Nolan was commander of Fifth Corps Area, headquartered at Fort Hayes at Columbus, Ohio, one of and geographically the largest of nine corps areas established in the continental United States for the administration of the regular army and reserves by the National Defense Act of 1920. As a corps area commander, he oversaw peacetime training for Army Reserves and the National Guard. In time of war, the corps areas would theoretically have ready made corps combat command structures in place to administer regiments of Regular Army, Reserve and National Guard. During the lean post-war and Great Depression years of military spending, he as well other corps commanders were expected to maintain good relations with the public and civilian officials.
Nolan accepted his final posting as commanding general of Second Corps Area, in charge of army units and facilities in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Puerto Rico on December 1, 1931. On October 1, 1933, U.S. First Army was reestablished, co-located and co-staffed with Second Corps Area at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York. Nolan became First Army's first peace time commander. Nolan ended his active duty army career upon retirement on April 30, 1936.
Death and honors
Head coaching record
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Army Cadets (Independent) (1902) 1902 Army 6–1–1 Army: 6–1–1 Total: 6–1–1
- Kovach, Karen (1998). The Life and Times of Dennis E. Nolan, 1872-1956: The Army's First G2. Fort Belvoir, Virginia: United States Army, History Office, Office of the Chief of Staff, Intelligence and Security Command. http://stinet.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA357585&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf.
Army Cadets / Black Knights head football coaches
Dennis Michie (1890) • Henry L. Williams (1891) • Dennis Michie (1892) • Laurie Bliss (1893) • Harmon S. Graves (1894–1895) • George P. Dyer (1896) • Herman Koehler (1897–1900) • Leon Kromer (1901) • Dennis E. Nolan (1902) • Edward Leonard King (1903) • Robert Boyers (1904–1905) • Ernest Graves, Sr. (1906) • Henry Smither (1906–1907) • Harry Nelly (1908–1910) • Joseph Beacham (1911) • Ernest Graves, Sr. (1912) • Charles Dudley Daly (1913–1916) • Geoffrey Keyes (1917) • Hugh Mitchell (1918) • Charles Dudley Daly (1919–1922) • John McEwan (1923–1925) • Biff Jones (1926–1929) • Ralph Sasse (1930–1932) • Garrison H. Davidson (1933–1937) • William H. Wood (1938–1940) • Earl Blaik (1941–1958) • Dale Hall (1959–1961) • Paul Dietzel (1962–1965) • Tom Cahill (1966–1973) • Homer Smith (1974–1978) • Lou Saban (1979) • Ed Cavanaugh (1980–1982) • Jim Young (1983–1990) • Bob Sutton (1991–1999) • Todd Berry (2000–2003) • John Mumford # (2003) • Bobby Ross (2004–2006) • Stan Brock (2007–2008) • Rich Ellerson (2009– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
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