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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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
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Operation Lam Son 719 (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Lam Sơn 719 or Chiến dịch đường 9 – Nam Lào) was a limited-objective offensive campaign conducted in southeastern portion of the Kingdom of Laos by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) between 8 February and 25 March 1971, during the Vietnam War. The United States provided logistical, aerial, and artillery support to the operation, but its ground forces were prohibited by law from entering Laotian territory. The objective of the campaign was the disruption of a possible future offensive by the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), whose logistical system within Laos was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to North Vietnam).

By launching such a spoiling attack against PAVN's long-established logistical system, the American and South Vietnamese high commands hoped to resolve several pressing issues. A quick victory in Laos would bolster the morale and confidence of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), which was already high in the wake of the successful Cambodian Campaign of 1970. It would also serve as proof positive that South Vietnamese forces could defend their nation in the face of the continuing withdrawal of U.S. ground combat forces from the theater. The operation would be, therefore, a test of that policy and ARVN's capability to operate effectively by itself.

Because of the South Vietnamese need for security which precluded thorough planning, an inability by the political and military leaders of the U.S. and South Vietnam to face military realities, and poor execution, Operation Lam Son 719 collapsed when faced by the determined resistance of a skillful foe. The campaign was a disaster for the ARVN, decimating some of its best units and destroying the confidence that had been built up over the previous three years.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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Last Updated:
Dec 9, 2010
Personal Memories
Units Participated in Operation

173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  178 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allen, Michael, SGT, (1970-1971)
  • Anway, Chuck, MSG, (1964-1984)
  • Bailey, Dennis, MSG, (1968-1989)
  • Basler, Mike, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Berry, Donnell, SP 4, (1969-1971)
  • Brandow, Larry, CW3, (1968-1996)
  • Breeding, Gene, COL, (1954-1975)
  • Buongiorno, Peter Michael, SGT, (1970-1972)
  • Canter, Dennis, SSG, (1969-1974)
  • Cassalia, David, CW3, (1969-2012)
  • Casteel, Vernon Wayne, CSM, (1970-2001)
  • Chavez, Manuel, SGT, (1966-1972)
  • Chavez, William, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Church, Nic, 1SG, (1969-1989)
  • Cimral, Ted, COL, (1964-1992)
  • Collier, Kenneth, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Crimm, Steve, CW2, (1969-1974)
  • Curry, Walter, SGT, (1969-1972)
  • Dalton, Bob, SFC, (1951-1971)
  • Daniel, Herb, SP 5, (1969-1971)
  • Dunphy, Paul, SP 4, (1969-1973)
  • Fagan, James, LTC, (1968-1992)
  • Ferguson, Jimmie D., CW3, (1970-1976)
  • Flores, David, SP 4, (1970-1973)
  • French, Marque, SSG, (1969-1977)
  • Fuller, Ralph, CPT, (1955-1975)
  • Gesiorski, Richard, SFC, (1969-2000)
  • Graves, David, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Grey, Andrew, PFC, (1969-1971)
  • Hartley, James, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Hawthorn, Jim, MSG, (1966-1988)
  • Henningson, John, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Hinojosa, Michael, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Huff, Daniel, 1LT, (1969-1971)
  • Jackson, Scott, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Johnson, Gary, MSG, (1969-2001)
  • JONES, ROBERT, SGT, (1970-1972)
  • Jordan, Dennis, PV1, (1970-1971)
  • Kaas, Gary, CSM, (1970-2006)
  • Keller, Larry, 1SG, (1970-1994)
  • King, Allen, CPT, (1968-1972)
  • Kinney, Michael, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Land, Robert, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Leonard, Peter, LTC, (1962-1993)
  • Lessick, John, SP 4, (1970-1972)
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