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Sept. 11 tribute features well-traveled U.S. flag

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William V. Dolan, MD ’74, in Afghanistan with the flag he later sent to MCW.
William V. Dolan, MD ’74, in Afghanistan with the flag he later sent to MCW.

A gift sent by an alumnus serving in southern Afghanistan ensured the Medical College of Wisconsin’s observance of 9/11 this year was personal and poignant.

Capt. William V. Dolan, MD ’74, who is part of a Forward Surgical Team deployed to Forward Operating Base Apache in Qalat, shipped an American flag flown at the base to the Alumni Association for display as the MCW community honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The Alumni Association had the flag and certificate framed and, after the ceremony, mounted on the wall of the Geenen Center for Alumni Relations.

During his tour, Dr. Dolan and a team of 21 Navy sailors and two Air Force airmen provided basic “damage control” for trauma patients before the patients are flown to Kandahar for definitive care. Dr. Dolan is a former Alumnus of the Year (1989) and was previously deployed to Navy Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia (2003).

 

 

Dr. James M. Feeney, Nancy Taft, MD, GME ’04 and William V. Dolan, MD ’74
Dr. Dolan has been stationed with former MCW faculty member Dr. James M. Feeney (left) since April; Nancy Taft, MD, GME ’04, recently arrived at Apache with her Army Forward Surgical Team.

 

On 9/11, MCW Director of Environmental Health and Safety Rebecca Seevers, MS, played Taps as part of a tribute that included the flag sent home by Dr. Dolan.
On 9/11, MCW Director of Environmental Health and Safety Rebecca Seevers, MS, played Taps as part of a tribute that included the flag sent home by Dr. Dolan.

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