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Commander Dorland H. Konichek retired from active duty September 30, 1954, because of physical disability after 24 years of service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

He received his education at North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, North Dakota, graduating June 16, 1930, with the degree Bachelor of Science and leading his class in scholarship. On August 1, 1930, he entered on duty in this Bureau. His first assignment was in the Division of Geodesy on first-order triangulation and base lines. Following this he was assigned sea duty aboard the Ships OCEANOGRAPHER, NATOMA, and LYDONIA conducting hydrographic surveys on the Atlantic Coast, and the Ships DISCOVERER, WESTDAHL, and SURVEYOR on the Pacific Coast and in Alaska engaged on combined operations. On other field assignments he was Chief of Geodetic Parties engaged on first-order triangulation in the Arkansas River Valley and Lake Meade; in Alaska, Oregon; Wyoming-Colorado-New Mexico; Utah and California. Office assignment included duty at the Northwestern District Office in Seattle. He also served on a special assignment with the Army Air Force's Board No. 1 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

During World War II he as transferred to the United States Army December 1, 1942, by Executive Order where he served until January 30, 1946, as Major in the 290th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, First Army, as Operations and Training Staff Officer, with the rank of Major. He took part in the following battles and campaigns: NORMANDY; NORTHERN FRANCE; RHINELAND; CENTRAL EUROPE. He received the following Decorations and Citations: BRONZE STAR MEDAL; WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL; AMERICAN THEATER SERVICE MEDAL; EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN SERVICE MEDAL WITH 4 BRONZE STARS, and a Citation while serving with the 12th Field Artillery Obsn. Bn., for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy in France, Holland, and Germany, from July 1, 1944, to March 15, 1945. "As a Battalion Survey Officer, he planned and directed the accomplishment of more than 800 miles of survey. He organized and maintained a Survey Information Center which provided invaluable assistance to Artillery Battalions and enable them to go into action swiftly without making extensive surveys to establish their positions. His ability to coordinate artillery needs and survey possibilities has been a most important factor in enabling his organization to accomplish its mission in a superior manner. His leadership, courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit on the military service of the United States."


THE BUZZARD, 10/14/1954

 


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