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
71Q-Journalist
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

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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  1978, 50th Company, 5th Student Brigade (OCS) (Fort Benning, GA), 6
School
50th Company, 5th Student Brigade (OCS) (Fort Benning, GA)

Company
Not Specified

Platoon
6

Start Date 
Sep, 1978
 

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Last Updated:Aug 28, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Best Friends
Neil Heckman
Tom Pinnock
David Witty
Timothy Yde

Best Moment
Who can forget the "Wizard of OCS" skit at our Senior Status Formal or CPT Jesse McCorvey as "Karnack the Tacnificent" at our Intermediate Status Picnic?

Any successful "pogey" run. . . .

   

Worst Moment
My initial counseling session with my platoon Tac, 1st Lt. Lawler. He made it clear to me from the beginning that he was going to make my life miserable for the next 14 weeks because I was severely infected with a bad case of "NCOitis," as he termed it. I was an E-6 with six years in grade on was selected for early promotion to E-7.

When he called me into his office he left me standing at attention for the entire session. He swiveled his chair around, took a felt-tip pen and drew a black dot on the while at my eye level and told me whenever I was in his office I was to keep my eyes focused on that dot. If not, he would gig me for "eyeballing." He went on to say that he would either keep me at the position of attention or, if he was in a good mood, would allow me to stand at parade rest.

He was true to his word. He was so rough on me during room inspections that he rotated me through four roommates during the course as he thought it unfair to subject them to more than a few weeks in that environment with me. I toughed it out though--despite being the only Senior Candidate still marching tours with the 51st Company "bean heads" on our last weekend before graduation!

Other Memories
*Running 10K races with the OCS running team. It was a great way to get out of the OCS environment for a few hours. . . .

*The showers that suddenly went cold when somebody flushed a toilet. . . .

*Watching the little guys bath in the large mop-cleaning sink in an effort to save time when all the showers were being used. . . .

*Sending wives of married candidates to fast-food vendors near closing time to order enough burgers, fries, shakes, sodas, pizzas, etc. to feed the entire platoon and then sneaking the contraband into the barracks and eating it under the noses of our Tacs. . . .

*Only being able to see my family once a week in the company day room even though they lived in Senior NCO housing a quarter of a mile from our barracks. . . .

 

   
   
My Photos From This Recruit Training
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Life in the Land of OCS
 50th Company (OCS) Cadre
 BIOCC Class 1-79 passes in review at the Senior Status Parade.
MG William Livsey, Ft. Benning CG, talks to me at our OCS Senior Status Formal

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