Ancestors of Nicole Hunter Dorcy

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  • ID: I0343
  • Name: John Biddle Dorcy 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 MAY 1902 in Jeffereson Barracks, MO 1
  • Death: 3 SEP 1982 in Hemet, Riverside County, CA 2 3 of Gastrointestinal hemorhage - gastric ulcer 3
  • Occupation: 1982 Writer
  • Baptism: 25 JAN 1903 Bishop Millspough, Fort Riley, KS 4
  • Social Security Number: 559-12-9647
  • ADDR: 26670 Blackburn Road
    Hemet, Riverside County
  • Note:
    Notes from interview with Marina Kathleen Dorcy, Biddle's daughter: Biddle ran a lumber camp, actually several sites, outside Manila, P.I., and in Borneo during his early years. From an affidavit filed by Linda Holladay for the military life insurance on the death of the Col., stated that John B. and D. Birnie, then 24 and 22 years respectively, were living in Manila in Nov. 1926. Became interested in, and widely known for his polo playing, associated with the Eliazalde brothers. It was during polo play that he broke his little finger which became permanently bent at the tip. While in the Philippines, Biddle became an expert sea diver, which led to his career as a Hollywood stunt man specializing in water and diving scenes. He was often a stunt man for Clark Gable who did like doing anything in the water. He is credited with work on the following movies: Strange Cargo, Wizard of Oz, Northwest Passage, Reap the Wild Wind, and Boom Town. Biddle was one of the founders of the Professional Watermen's Association, a union for stunt actors specializing in diving. He was also reportedly on the diving team at Stanford University at one time. First marriage was to a Francis ______, from a wealthy family in San Francisco. At age 65, he joined the Merchant Marine and sailed the Pacific extensively, with several trips into Viet Nam during the war. Source: Marina K. Dorcy Oct. 1999.

    Employed during the early fifties at Eniwetok Atoll by the Atomic Energy Commission for testing nuclear weapons. Article excerpted from construction company recruiting brochure:

    ENGINEERS -- CONSTRUCTORS 828 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles 17, California

    "On a July morning in 1945, the Atomic Age was born on a desolate desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico. "Trinity Shot" ushered in the awesome power that ended the conflict of World War II but brought with it problems nearly as great as the war itself. The first question was whether to abandon further development of the atom or perfect it so it could serve as keeper of an admittedly shaky peace. The decision is history.
    The military conducted two Pacific tests from ship-based task forces before the young Atomic Energy Commission cast about for some remote spot on the globe where it could establish a permanent proving ground to test the power in its charge. The previous Pacific tests were conducted at Bikini Atoll and at Eniwetok Atoll and it was in this area that attention was focused. The tiny islands forming the atolls are located in vast, virtually uninhabited regions of the Pacific; far from prying eyes and far, too, from centers of population which might be contaminated by massive nuclear detonations.

    So it was that on an October day in 1948, a small party of Holmes & Narver and AEC people were landed at Eniwetok. Their assignment: Determine for the AEC whether or not the atoll could be used as a permanent, land-based testing ground for future experiments, and if so, what it would take in the way of men, material and money to create such a test ground.

    Holmes & Narver's answer indicated that it was feasible to transform the tiny bits of coral into a base of operations large enough to support every known requirement of a test series. Accepting the firm's recommendation, the Atomic Energy Commission instructed H&N to begin designs and set up construction schedules. Plans began immediately for Operation Greenhouse (1951) and a deadline for construction, based on that operational schedule, was soon established. Even then, all natives of the atoll had been relocated on other South Pacific islands for the sake of their own safety.

    Construction began early in 1949 under conditions not unlike those setting up an island base during war years. Hundreds of craftsmen, engineers, clerks, laundrymen, cooks, and other trademen were recruited in Southern California and Honolulu and dispatched to Eniwetok. A permanent camp was built to house the construction men and the scientists who would follow. Then other camps, temporary in nature, were constructed on other islands as bases of operation for building the complex test structures, instrument stations, communications network and power systems required for testing operations.

    For the Holmes & Narver man, employment, at the EPG is essentially a construction job, similar in many respects to a hundred other projects scattered over the face of the globe. The big difference lies in thc purpose behind this immense effort and the stringent security regulations that are properly part and parcel of the atomic energy program. Depending upon the need of future Holmes & Narver employees for access to classified information in the performance of their jobs, security clearances of varying degrees must be obtained. Thus a waiting period, ranging from several days to several months with the time dependent on the type of clearance involved, will be required between the acceptance of a man for a job and the time he actually departs for the jobsite. The waiting period is utilized by Government investigators whose assignment is to determine a man's loyalty to the United States and his personal integrity.

    Underlying the entire purpose of the Eniwetok Proving Ground is one fervent hope, shared by the Atomic Energy Commission, Holmes & Narver and the men who work on the project: That the experiments conducted at the Pacific test base will truly serve to forge the atomic sword into a peaceful plowshare; that "on earth, peace, and good will toward man" will cease to be a mere ideal and become an international way of life."

    Father: Ben Holladay Dorcy b: 28 OCT 1869 in Portland, OR
    Mother: Linda Holladay b: 18 JAN 1879 in Washington, DC

    Marriage 1 Jeanette Huntoon Neal b: 28 MAR 1909 in Los Angeles, CA
    • Married: 23 AUG 1940 in Los Angeles, CA 5 6
    1. Has Children Living Dorcy

    1. Title: Manuscript by Ben Holladay Dorcy
      Author: Ben Holladay Dorcy
      Note: Excellent
      Note: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR
      Media: Manuscript
      Page: page 27
    2. Social Security CD Family Tree Maker
    3. Title: California Dept. of Health Services - Certificate of Death
      Note: excellent
      Media: Official Document
    4. Title: Military Pension Records
      Author: Ben Holladay Dorcy
      Note: Files: XC 665 362
      Note: excellent
      Note: VA Regional Office, Waco, Texas
      Media: Official Document
    5. Title: Personal Files
      Author: Daryl B.Dorcy
      Note: Personal records, certificates, and interviews with other family members with first hand knowledge.
      Note: good
      Note: Austin, TX
      Media: Other
    6. Title: California Dept. of Health Services - Marriage Certificate
      Note: excellent
      Media: Official Document
      Text: County of Los Angeles, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
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