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
12B-Armor Officer
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1990-1991, 12B, History Department, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)
Previously Held MOS
71L10-Administrative Specialist
71R10-Broadcast Journalist
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 [Verified]
  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 20 years I lived on Hawaii's Big Island 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 moved to Idaho in late July 2019 to settle 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! It was a wise decision. I absolutely love it here in the northern Idaho panhandle!

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   1990-1991, 12B, History Department, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)

From Month/Year
October / 1990
To Month/Year
July / 1991
History Department Unit Page
12B-Armor Officer
West Point
New York
 History Department, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff) Details

History Department, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)
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Parent Unit
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)
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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
MAJ Tom Veleker
CPT Howdy Belknap
LTC Jim Rainey

Best Moment
*Getting a Dept. of History Excellence in Teaching Award for 1990-91.

*Being course director of HI351, the honors version of the first semester of the two-semester military history course required of all cadets. This portion of the course covers the period from Greco-Roman times to 1900, with emphasis on Napoleonic and U.S. Civil War campaigns.


Worst Moment
Realizing that my age and looming health issues were forcing me to retire with just a year in grade as a major and a slot at CGSC waiting for me.

Chain of Command
LTG Dave R. Palmer - Superintendent
BG Roy K. Flint - Academic Dean
COL Robert A. Doughty - History Department Head
COL Kenneth E. Hamburger - Military History Division Chief


Other Memories
*Speaking at cadet dinings-in and being invited to eat lunch in the cadet mess--especially during the weeks leading up to the Army-Air Force and Army-Navy games. . . .

*Revolutionary War staff rides to Stony Point, Saratoga, the Continental Army's final cantonment in New Windsor, and Washington's headquarters in Newburgh overlooking the Hudson.

*Leading a cadet staff ride to Gettysburg.

*Having the Superintendent show up in my classroom during the lesson on the WWI 1918 German offensives and staying for the entire hour.

*Having breakfast at the Thayer Hotel with Gen. William Westmoreland and Capt. Howdy Belknap.

*Serving as escort for USN&WR Senior Writer Joe Galloway while he was at the academy to interview Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was there to speak to the Corps of Cadets.

Becoming good friends with visiting professors Malcolm "Kip" Muir of Austin Peay University and Herman Hattaway of the University of Missouri.

*Being elected president of the officers bowling league.

*Those awesome views from the faculty section of the stands in Michie Stadium during home football games.

*Having my retirement ceremony in the Pershing Room of Cullum Hall, the old Assn. of Graduates Bldg. overlooking the Hudson.

*Leaving the academy on July 25 for 83 days of terminal leave, then reporting in for my retirement outprocessing at the Presidio of San Francisco, Sept. 26-30, 1991.

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37 Members Also There at Same Time
2nd Aviation Detachment

Smith, Cheryl, SGT, (1978-1992) AV 71P Sergeant

Mossbarger, David, LTC, (1976-1996) AG 42A Major
Office of the Commandant, United States Corps of Cadets, United States Military Academy

Cotham, JD, MSG, (1974-1995) AD 16Z50 Master Sergeant
Graves, Howard Dwayne, LTG, (1961-1996) Lieutenant General
Office of the Commanding General, United States Military Academy

McKeever, Pete, LTC, (1975-1998) Lieutenant Colonel
Support Personnel

McClure, Chris, LTC, (1980-2006) MP 31A Captain
Alexander, Bruce, SSG, (1987-Present) MP 95B10 Private
Miller, Joel, MAJ, (1990-2008) Officer Candidate
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)

Farner, Dave, LTC, (1979-2007) SC 25A Major
Odegard, David, LTC, (1974-2004) AV 15A Major
Shillito, Willam, MAJ, (1970-1992) AV 154A Major
Steptoe, Lisa, CPT, (1987-1991) QM 92B First Lieutenant
Marquardt, James, 1st Sgt, (1972-1992) AR 19Z50 Master Sergeant
Price, Thomas, SFC, (1986-2006) AB 02S Sergeant First Class
Chappell, Toney, SFC, (1984-2004) SC 25B10 Sergeant
Evans, Steve, SSG, (1986-2006) AG 71L10 Sergeant
Waugh, James, SFC, (1987-2009) SC 25V Specialist 4
Lowe, Barrett, COL, (1977-2011) 52B Major
Ellis, Steve, LTC, (1972-1995) AR Lieutenant Colonel
Campbell, John, COL, (1969-1994) EN Colonel
Cawley, Tom, COL, (1963-1993) SC Colonel
Davis, Vernon, COL, (1977-2009) FA Major
Smith, Eugene, COL, (1978-2008) Major
Cotrell, Eddie, 1SG, (1978-1998) Master Sergeant
Hoffpauer, Marie, MAJ, (1984-2005) Captain
USMA Military Police Company

Dillon, Robert, LTC, (1988-2008) MP 31A Second Lieutenant
Schwartz, Ronald, MSG, (1961-1991) MP 95B10 Master Sergeant
Sporrer, John, MSG, (1978-2004) MP 95B10 Sergeant First Class
Alexander, Bruce, SSG, (1987-2013) MP 95B10 Specialist
Backhaus, David, SPC, (1986-1992) MP 95B10 Specialist
Mumford, Michael, SSG, (1988-2013) MP 95B10 Specialist
Phalen, Sean, SSG, (1990-Present) MP 31B4Q9 Specialist
Ortiz, Philip, PFC, (1990-1993) MP 95B10 Private First Class
Jewell, Eric, SSG, (1986-2004) Staff Sergeant
Chewning, Donald, MSG, (1986-2010) MP Sergeant
Lea, James, 1st Sgt, (1988-Present) Specialist 4
Wilkerson, Christina, SPC, (1991-1996) Private First Class

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