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
Order of Saint George
Reforger Certificate
US Army Disabled Veteran 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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   1973-1973, 11B30, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment /D Troop

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January / 1973
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September / 1973
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 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment /D Troop Details

2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment /D Troop
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2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
SSG Laventure
SFC Daugherty

Best Moment
Attending the III Corps Mechondo Course with the entire platoon.


Worst Moment
We were participating in force-on-force maneuvers with the 1st Cav Div. in the spring of '73 when a UH-1H carrying a squad of grunts from the 1CD dropped out of low-hanging scud when we had the airspace. I was in a "slick" with my squad and a "pink team" consisting of an OH-58 Kiowa and an AH-1G Cobra gunship was leading us into an LZ. The 1CD bird's main rotor hit our scout's fuel tank. The resulting explosion killed the pilots and crew chief in the -58 and five of the 10 men in the 1CD chopper. It was the worst aviation disaster in Ft. Hood's history--and still is as far as I know. The left-seater in our scout bird was from Brownsville, so we provided the funeral detail consisting of our PSG, six pallbearers, a seven-man firing detail and a bugler from the 2AD band. It was one of the saddest funerals I was ever a part of in the military. . . .

Chain of Command
CPT Daniel Karis - PL (an OCS guy and UH-1 pilot, he was caught in the RIF and reverted to E-5. Last I heard, he had gone on to serve in Ranger battalions and made CSM)

1LT Adams - PL (replaced Karis; was SF-qualified and said he served in the infamous Det. B-57, which gained notoriety for its rôle in Operation Phoenix in Vietnam)

SFC "Doc" Daugherty - PSG (I ran into him at Fort Carson, CO, when I was a CPT in the 2-34th AR and he was a MSG in the 1-8th IN. He was court-martialed in his 18th year of service for some misconduct that I cannot recall.)


Other Memories
D Troop was the armored cav squadron's aviation unit and I served in the aerorifle platoon. We were the only light infantry in the 2d Armd. Div.

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9 Members Also There at Same Time
2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment

Hagemeister, Charles, LTC, (1966-1990) AR 12C Captain
Preston, Jim, MWO4, (1960-1990) AV 100E Chief Warrant Officer 2
Fischer, Robert, SP 5, (1968-1975) AV 67V Specialist 5
Runyon, Ernest, PV1, (1972-1973) AR 11E10 Private (E-2)
Smith, Karl, SGT, (1973-1977) IN Specialist 4
A Troop

Harrison, Larry, SSG, (1971-1993) CV 19D10 Staff Sergeant
C Troop

Boswell, Tim, CPT, (1967-1991) AR 1203 Captain
Estle, Ronald, SP 5, (1968-1974) AR 11E10 Specialist 5

Sturdivant, Terry, 1SG, (1972-1996) AG 71B10 Specialist 4

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