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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  1969, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA), D/5
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Boot Camp Photo Fort Ord, CA (3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade) 1969, D/5
3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA)



Start Date 
Dec, 1969

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Last Updated:Jun 7, 2018
Personal Memories

Best Moment
Getting the heck out of there after spending three weeks as a holdover before finally shipping out for infantry AIT at Ft. Jackson, SC.!

Worst Moment
Spilling a can of C-ration ham and lima beans on SSG Allendorf's DI hat while I was pulling KP during our bivouac.


SFC Gonzalez - he always looked SO sharp! SSG Allendorf - a short, tough little guy who was wounded in the Ia Drang Valley with the 1st Cav Div. in 1965. SGT Camacho - a short, squat, tough-as-nails guy from Guam.

Other Memories
*We were the last BCT cycle to train with the M14 rifle at Ft. Ord. *We had a Pvt. Spero, a "McNamara's Project 100,000" draftee (men in Mental Category IV who would otherwise have been ineligible for service) in our platoon. They had to assign another trainee to watch over him and make sure Spero was on time and in the correct uniform for all training events. The guy who got tagged with that monumental task was Pvt. Baugh. *The cadre treated Spero mercilessly--especially during chemical, biological, radiological warfare (CBR) training. I'll never forget how they tortured Spero with an inert atropine injector. Nevertheless, with Baugh's help--and that of a few others of us in 5th Platoon--Spero graduated. . . . *The occasional third-floor "counseling session" done in an empty room--a tribute to the fact that the Army had not completely done away with corporal punishment by 1970. . . . *Our field first sergeant, a squat Hawaiian E-7, waiting at the bottom of the cargo-net-climbing obstacle on the confidence course to ask airborne volunteers if they still wanted to go to jump school.

My Photos From This Recruit Training
The Delta Devils of 5th Platoon, D Co., 3d Bn., 3d BCT Bde.

  4 Also There at This Training:
Name Co Ptn Start Date
Barnes, Robert, SGT, (1970-1976) H 5 Mar, 1970
Roddick, David, LTC, (1969-1999) D 3 Mar, 1970
Pasco, Harold, MSG, (1969-1992) D Aug, 1969
Turner, Gordon, PFC, (1969-1971) D Aug, 1969
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