Wilson, Dale, MAJ

Armor (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1990-1991, 12B, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
Previously Held MOS
71L10-Administrative Specialist
71R10-Broadcast Journalist
11B30-Infantry Squad/Section Leader
12C-Cavalry Officer
46A-Public Affairs
Service Years
1969 - 1991
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition



Three Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Army Physical Fitness Badge Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Order of Saint George (Silver)

Cold War Veteran Blue Star Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Association Memberships
US Armor AssociationChapter 9Chapter 731Post 3830, LCpl Hayward Kimo Hamili Peleiholani Post
FSB Hill 4-11 AssociationAmerical Division Veterans Association Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Officers' Christian Fellowship
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)A Co, 1St BN, 1St RegtArmy Together We ServedOCS Foundation
TWS Profile IntegrityATWS Advisory Group
  1980, US Armor Association
  1992, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 9 (Executive Director) (Hilo, Hawaii) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1992, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 731 (Recorder) (Hilo, Hawaii) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  1994, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 3830, LCpl Hayward Kimo Hamili Peleiholani Post (National President) (Pahoa, Hawaii) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1996, FSB Hill 4-11 Association
  1998, Americal Division Veterans Association
  2000, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, Officers' Christian Fellowship
  2004, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Combat Infantrymen's Association, A Co, 1St BN, 1St Regt (Life Member) (Hilo, Hawaii) [Verified]
  2011, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2013, OCS Foundation
  2018, TWS Profile Integrity
  2019, ATWS Advisory Group [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Aside from a three-and-one-half year stint as Tactical Officer of C Co. and Field Music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA, I worked in the publishing industry after retiring from the Army in September 1991. I started out as Executive Editor of Presidio Press, a San Francisco Bay Area book publisher specializing in military history and military affairs. After leaving VFMA&C in the summer of 1998, I became my own boss--using contacts I'd made with Presidio to line up freelance copy-editing projects for several commercial and scholarly book publishers. I finally had to give up work entirely in 2004, however, when my body began letting me down. Fortunately, all of my disabling conditions are either directly or indirectly service-connected--making me eligible for a wide range of VA benefits--without which I'd be up the proverbial estuary without a manipulator!
Other Comments:
For the last 19 years I've been living on the Big Island of Hawaii with my wife, Carol, in a subdivision about a mile outside of Mountain View--almost exactly halfway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, I'm moving to Idaho in May 2019 and will be settling in the Sagle area not far from the Pend Oreille River. Between the Blue State politics, earthquakes and eruptions, I decided it was time to bid Hawaii Aloha and head for cooler climes!

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   1971-1972, 71Q, 502nd Adjutant General Company

From Month/Year
November / 1971
To Month/Year
December / 1972
502nd Adjutant General Company Unit Page
Ft. Hood
 502nd Adjutant General Company Details

502nd Adjutant General Company
Adjutant General
Parent Unit
Adjutant General Units
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
SP5 John R. Long, a 71R Broadcast Specialist. During our tenure with the 2d Armd. Div. PIO, he and I were sent on TDY to Fort Benning, GA, for six months to serve as narrators for infantry MOS lessons in what was then the new Unit Training Extension Course Program.

Best Moment
During this period I was assigned to the 2AD Public Information Office as Command Information NCO..


Worst Moment
The major, fearing a second pass-over for promotion to LTC, refused to allow me to transfer to SOLDIERS magazine, which wanted me to become a staff writer. The problem was that I was in a TO&E position in a combat unit and he could thus block me from leaving. I got pissed and volunteered to reclassify back to the infantry so the division CSM could get me out. That set up my next assignment and proved to be the best thing I did at Hood.?

Chain of Command
MAJ McIllvaine - 2AD PIO
1LT Rock Albers - 2AD Public Relations Officer


Other Memories
The major, fearing a second pass-over for promotion to LTC, refused to allow me to transfer to SOLDIERS magazine, which wanted me to become a staff writer. The problem was that I was in a TO&E position in a combat unit and he could thus block me from leaving.

My Photos For This Unit
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1 Member Also There at Same Time
502nd Adjutant General Company

Raymond, Bob, CW2, (1965-1988) AG Staff Sergeant

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