Born March 20, 1905, in Deventer,
Netherlands, Hendrik Dolleman immigrated to
the United States
with his family when he was eleven years old.
The Dollemans settled in Manchester, New Hampshire,
where Dolleman would eventually work as a cigarmaker at the R.G. Sullivan Cigar Factory.
Dolleman became a U.S. citizen at the age of 21 and
joined the army. As a member of the USAS
expedition, Dolleman served as a dog driver. In December 1940, Dolleman
accompanied scientist Herwil Bryant on a week-long
sledge trip to Lagotellerie Island. They camped near a rookery of Adelie penguins, collected specimens, and observed penguin
After his return from Antarctica, Dolleman
was assigned to duty in Greenland where Army Air Force aircraft refueled enroute to England. Dolleman
participated in multiple rescues of crewmembers of downed aircraft, one of
which was the B-17, “My Gal Sal”, in 1942.
Joseph Healy, veteran of the Byrd II Expedition and USAS expedition,
served with Dolleman under the command of Colonel
Berndt Balchen, famed polar aviator. Dolleman won the
Soldier’s Medal with an oak leaf cluster for his participation in polar rescue
Dolleman and Frances Fischer married later
in life and had no children. Hendrik Dolleman died in Manchester, New
Hampshire, on September 8, 1990.
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