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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lt. Col. William E. Dyess

(Aug. 9, 1916 - Dec. 22, 1943)

 
 
Lt. Col. William E. Dyess Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. Lt. Col. William E. Dyess Marker
Inscription. A graduate of Albany High School, William Edwin Dyess was an aviation and infantry commander in the Philippines during World War II. Captured at the Fall of Bataan in 1942, he survived the Death March and escaped his captors a year later. Back in the U.S., his published accounts of enemy actions towards prisoners of war greatly aided the war effort and influenced world opinion. In November 1943, he made an appearance at the Albany football field on his way to California, where he died in a plane crash just weeks later. Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene is named for the much-decorated war hero.
 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13108.)
 
Location. 32° 44.293′ N, 99° 17.357′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road (Williams Street) 0.2 miles north of Power Street. Touch 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. Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess (here, next to this marker); First United Methodist Church of Albany
Marker at Grave Site of William E. Dyess image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Marker at Grave Site of William E. Dyess
(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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .  William Dyess - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 17, 2016.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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