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 Integrity
  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

 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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   1979-1980, 12C, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Horse) 1st Cavalry Division/D Troop

Second Lieutenant
From Month/Year
October / 1979
To Month/Year
December / 1980
D Troop Unit Page
Second Lieutenant
12C-Cavalry Officer
Fort Knox
 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Horse) 1st Cavalry Division/D Troop Details

10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Horse) 1st Cavalry Division/D Troop
Cavalry Unit
Parent Unit
10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Horse) 1st Cavalry Division
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
1LT Jim Greer - D Troop XO
1LT Orly Johns - Greer's successor as XO
2d Lt. Nate Pulliam - 3d Plt. Ldr.
CPT Gary Rhay, B Co., 5-33d Armor CO

Best Moment
When we served as OPFOR for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) units at Fort Campbell, KY, in the spring of 1980.


Worst Moment
The night one of men accidentally shot and killed a fellow soldier in the barracks. I had warned CPT Reilly, our troop commander, that I feared there were guns in the barracks. We conducted several "health and welfare" inspections, but failed to turn up any firearms. On the night in question, this soldier, fearing for his life, went out and bought a pistol. He then got drunk and was going around the barracks after midnight, showing guys the weapon and telling them he'd gotten it for protection. The soldier who was killed had just returned from an extended AWOL of more than 90 days. His roommate said the guy with the gun came into the room, showed them the pistol and the guy who died was holding it and looking at it when he left the room to go to the latrine. A few seconds later, he heard a single gunshot, turned and saw the guy with the gun bolt from the room. When he went in, his roommate was sprawled on his bunk with his brains splattered on the wall. We later learned that the pistol's sear had been filed down, which meant it had a hair trigger. I did not believe the guy with the gun had intentionally shot the other GI. Hell, he didn't even know him since he'd only been with us for two months! I wound up testifying for the defense and I'm convinced this contributed to my getting a less than satisfactory OER from the new troop CO and our battalion commander, who had rated me much higher when I was rated by my first troop CO.

Chain of Command
Initial chain:

COL John Yeosock - 194th Armd. Bde. CO
LTC Edward F. Bruner - 5-33d Armor CO
CPT William L. Shoup - D Troop CO

Subsequent chain:

COL Patrick Chisholm - 194th Armd. Bde. CO
LTC Edward F. Bruner - 5-33d Armor CO
CPT Robert M. Riley - D Troop CO


Other Memories
*Frequent training deployments to places like Fort Drum, NY; Camp Shelby, MS (three times); Fort Campbell, KY; and Camp A. P. Hill, VA.

*The night my platoon sergeant's M48A5 was rammed from behind by a tank from the OPFOR while we were halted during a night road march in the winter of 1980 at Fort Drum, NY. Although no one was seriously injured, the damage to both tanks was extensive. The other unit was using that road at a time when they shouldn't have been on it. This was back in the day--before tanks were equipped with thermal sights. . . .

*Getting heat stroke while serving as an adviser to a Mississippi National Guard cav troop during its annual training at Camp Shelby, MS, near Hattiesburg. I was teaching the scouts how to call for indirect fire and at the same time acting as the safety officer for the mortar section's live fire in support of the scouts' training. It was extremely hot and muggy and, having no jeep, I found myself jogging back and forth between their positions, which were separated by a saddle in the ridge line. I wound up being medevaced from the mortar site and awoke in the Camp Shelby infirmary packed in ice cubes as they fought to get my temperature down from over 106! After 36 hours in the infirmary I went back to the cav troop--but this time on light duty for the last few days of their training. . . .

*Acting as OPFOR for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) units at Fort Campbell in the spring of 1980. We had just come in from the field when I got a message saying not to worry about my parents. Why? Not having access to news in the field, I had not heard about the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which dumped a couple of inches of volcanic ash on my folks' acreage near Spangle outside of Spokane, WA. . . .

*Coming back from my third trip to Camp Shelby, MS, planning on turning over my platoon and succeeding Orly Johns as XO, only to find that the guy who had been my PAO at Schofield Barracks in 1974-76 was the PAO at Fort Knox and got the post commander to spring me from the 194th Armd. Bde. to replace his Command Information Officer, who was leaving the Army.

My Photos For This Unit
Standing Tall
Chilling Out
A Short Swim
On the Firing Line
9 Members Also There at Same Time
D Troop

Weasenforth, Daniel, SSG, (1968-1981) TC 635 Staff Sergeant
Colon Calderin, Francisco, 1SG, (1979-2001) AR 19E Corporal
Nelson, Raymond, SFC, (1979-2001) AR 19D20 Specialist 4
Bailey, Rodney, SPC, (1979-2007) AR 19D20 Specialist
10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Horse) 1st Cavalry Division

Land, Roland, SFC, (1972-1992) IN 11H10 Staff Sergeant
Jacobo, Mario, 1SG, (1975-1997) AR 11E10 Sergeant
Vest, John, SP 4, (1975-1979) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Rosa, Albert, PFC, (1977-1979) IN 112.10 Private First Class
C Troop

Webb Jr., Charles, 1SG, (1970-1993) AR 19D20 Staff Sergeant

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