Wilson, Dale, MAJ

Armor (Officer)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Armor
Current/Last Primary MOS
12B-Armor
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1990-1991, 12B, United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
Previously Held MOS
11B10-Infantryman
71L10-Administrative Specialist
71Q-Journalist
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

Armor

Major


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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  1970, 12th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), C
School
12th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC)

Company
C

Platoon
Not Specified

Start Date 
Mar, 1970
 

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Last Updated:Aug 28, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Best Friends
PV2 Vernon Edwards
PV2 Charles Lenhardt
PV2 Lewis Ford

 

Other Memories

  • "Shake-and-Bake" E-5s and E-6s getting practical leadership training in a garrison environment as supervisors to infantry AIT trainees before being sent to Vietnam or a line unit somewhere else in the U.S. or the world.

  • Our company commander, CPT Tyrone Russell, telling us how fit he was and that he would be out there in front to run us into the ground whenever we ran--then falling out, gasping and wheezing, after we'd gone about half a mile. . . .

  • Our field first sergeant--a black sergeant first class named Carter who had a bad stutter--who a couple of guys from other platoons could mimic with shocking clarity. The most memorable occasion was when we were in the back of cattle trucks waiting to go back to the cantonment area from a range and he started screaming: "Ah-ah-ah-all ruh-ruh-ruh-right yuh-yuh-yuh-you muh-muh-muh-muh-mens, luh-luh-luh-let's ni-ni-ni-nip th-th-th-this sh-sh-sh-sh-s**t in th-th-th-the buh-buh-buh-bud!  Ju-ju-ju-just ni-ni-ni-nip it, I-I-I suh-suh-suh-said!" Only to hear it being shouted out in the barracks area on subsequent occasions--usually well after normal duty hours. . . .

  • Having a last name starting with "W" and having to wait until the wee hours to turn in my rifle after training because the armorers--on all but one occasion--made us return them in roster order sequence--from "A" to "Z." . . .

   
   
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Barracks in the 3d AIT Bde. Area

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