(Aug. 9, 1916 - Dec. 22, 1943)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.
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|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14S E 472896 N 3622303|
|Decimal Degrees||32.73821667, -99.28928333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 44.293', W 99° 17.357'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 44' 17.58" N, 99° 17' 21.42" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Cemetery Rd, Albany TX 76430, US|
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