Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lt. Col. William E. Dyess
(August 9, 1916 - December 22, 1943)
Dyess was among the men captured at the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 and forced into the grueling death march. He survived the malnutrition, disease and torture that resulted in the loss of thousands of his comrades. Almost a year after their capture he and 11 other men escaped and made their way to safety through hostile territory. Dyess reported to the U.S. War Department and Gen. Douglas MacArthur on enemy actions. Through his personal accounts of Japanese atrocities in the Chicago Tribune, he influenced world opinion on wartime brutalities.
Promoted to Lt. Colonel, Dyess returned to Albany in November 1943 after recuperation and made an appearance at the football field on his way to California. Weeks later, he died when the P-38 he piloted crashed at Burbank. His body was returned to his hometown for burial. His wife, Marajen, published The Dyess Story (1944), a book of his accounts, and Albany playwright Robert E. Nail, Jr., wrote Men of Bataan (1943), an acclaimed play based on his exploits. Dyess Air Force Base at Abilene was named in honor of Albany’s much-decorated war hero in 1956.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13109.)
Location. 32° 43.386′ N, 99° 17.815′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. 2nd Street (State Highway 6) and S. Main Street (U.S. 283), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northwest corner of the grounds of the Shackelford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 S. Main St, Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Robert Green (here, next to this marker); Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham (here, next to this marker); Lt. Colonel William Edwin Dyess (here, next to this marker); Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams (here, next to this marker); Shackelford County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Texas Cattle Trail (a few steps from this marker); First Producing Oil Well in West Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rev. John Brown, Clara Barton and the 1886-1887 Drought Relief (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . . William Dyess - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 16, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.