Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess
Defender of Bataan
John Tarleton College
May 18, 1936
Advanced Flying School
October 6, 1937
“I want you to know I love every one of you”
Last words spoked to Albany friends 11-5-43
Lt. Col. Dyess was on duty Dec. 7, 1941 in the Philippine Islands as squadron commander of the 21st Pursuit Squadron, which later received Presidential Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He distinguished himself by destroying 40,000 tons of shipping in Subic Bay. He converted remnants of Air Corps personnel into ground infantry and led them in victorious Battle of Agoloma Bay, destroying six hundred Japanese. He refused to leave his men at the Fall of Bataan.
After being held prisoner by the Japanese for 361 days he escaped and fought with guerrillas in the Philippine Islands, returning to the United States for active duty in August, 1943. Holder of Distinguished Service Cross, Oak Leaf Cluster : Legion of Merit in Degree of Officer and the Silver Star. Soldiers Medal awarded posthumously for sacrifice of life in airplane crash, Glendale, California, December 22, 1943.
Location. 32° 44.292′ N, 99° Click for map. Marker is located in the southwest corner of Albany Cemetery at the grave site of William E. Dyess. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (here, next to this marker); First United Methodist Church of Albany (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of the Reynolds Presbyterian Academy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Griffin Fandangle (approx. 0.9 miles away); Albany's First Public School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Texas Central Railway Company (approx. one mile away); Ledbetter Picket House (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . . William Dyess - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 17, 2016.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
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