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Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess

Defender of Bataan

 
 
Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess Marker
Inscription.
(Center Panel)
Graduated
John Tarleton College
May 18, 1936

Graduated
Advanced Flying School
Kelly Field
October 6, 1937

“I want you to know I love every one of you”
Last words spoked to Albany friends 11-5-43

(Left Panel)
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.

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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° 
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
17.359′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road (Williams Street) 0.2 miles from Power Street when traveling north. 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. 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). 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 120 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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