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Thompson family sent seven sons to war

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Brothers in arms — David, Charlie, Jerry, and Howard Dollens, all served, as did their three brothers not pictured, William, Robert and Harold. Harold died in Vietnam and is one of the soldiers to whom the monument in front of the brothers is dedicated.

Brothers in arms — David, Charlie, Jerry, and Howard Dollens, all served, as did their three brothers not pictured, William, Robert and Harold. Harold died in Vietnam and is one of the soldiers to whom the monument in front of the brothers is dedicated.

A little farm in Thompson, just south of Highway 22 and west of downtown Thompson was the jump-off point for one family’s contribution to the United States of America’ war effort.

It was also the childhood home of one of Centralia’s war-dead, Harold Dollens, who in 1969 died in combat during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by six brothers.

Howard, Jerry, David, William, Robert and Charles, all sons of William and Hattie Dollens.

Harold and Howard were Marines. William, Robert and Charles were in the Army.

David was in the Navy.

Jerry spoke to the Fireside Guard, before and after Centralia High School’s ceremony honoring veterans, about the family tradition.

“My dad was never in the services, but he served, he was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Hawaii,” he said.

Jerry was in Vietnam from July 1969 through August 1970.

He enlisted while still 17 and after Marine Boot Camp at San Diego, spent two weeks on Okinawa before being sent to Vietnam.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.