This is Lt. Noorlander’s story. It is about his combat experience in two major wars. It also details a few of his negative encounters with Army leadership in World War II and again in Korea.
Lt. Noorlander was devoted to the safety of his men, and to the country they both served. After reading his accounts you will understand what honor meant to him, and how he might have felt watching men of a different generation disrespect the American flag and National Anthem, which men of his generation died to protect.
“After Pearl harbor was bombed, December 7, 1941, I joined the army. Because of my two years in veterinary medicine, I was assigned to Barnes General Hospital as a medical technician in the clinic.
“My boss, Colonel Belknap, was an army medic who took me under his wing. I longed, however, to be with those carrying a rifle. I was not cut out to be a male nurse, so I asked for a transfer.
Lt. Noorlander dedicated his memories of World War II and Korea to four of his buddies, two of whom died in combat.
Dorothy, now in her 96th year, dedicates this website and her book to her late husband, Lt. Dan Noorlander, who was and is the love of her life.
“Colonel Belknap said that he wanted me to go with him to the European theater of operations as a member of his MASH team. I told him that I felt my destiny was with the infantry, and that I would appreciate any help he could give me to get there. ‘OK,’ he said, ‘but if you want to go into the infantry, apply for Infantry School as an officer candidate,’ which I did. After graduation, I had to wait before I was eligible for a commission because an officer had to be 21. The Colonel went to bat for me again when he made me a corporal. I waited in the Washington National Guard until I turned 21.
“Infantry School was hard, discipline was harsh, but I was mentally and physically prepared. I was the youngest in my class of 39. I graduated as a Second Lieutenant, and was sent to the South Pacific where I served 3½ years. This picture was taken in 1942 after finishing Infantry School, while I was serving in the Washington National Guard.”
Lt. Noorlander’s son created, hosts, and maintains this website.
My High School friend, who was killed in action during World War II while flying over enemy territory in Burma. Warren flew with the Flying Tigers.
My LDS Army buddy in World War II, who was killed leading his platoon against a Japanese machine gun nest on the Island of New Georgia.
My Army buddy in Japan and Korea, who was not ashamed to kneel in prayer the whole time I was leading my platoon against a Chinese line in Korea. He died of leukemia in Ogden, Utah. He served as an Army Chaplain.
Lt. Ferriter was the only survivor of my war time friends. He repeatedly laid his life on the line leading men in combat. He was my patrol leader and friend while patrolling the Island of Kolombangara.
Dorothy compiled the material used to create this website. Her record begins with this dedication:
I dedicate this book to the memory of my husband, Daniel Olie Noorlander Sr., who enlisted in the Army twice as an infantry soldier to fight for the country he loved. He fought in World War II, and again in Korea, to preserve the liberty this nation was founded on. He also fought so his posterity could enjoy the same rights, privileges, and freedoms that he did.
This book was put together from the memorabilia of his war experiences, so those who come after him will know something about him, and have an opportunity to feel proud of his dedicated service. Dan was a great American who loved his country and was willing to lay down his life, if necessary, for it.
October 3, 2017