Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess

Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess (HM1RPK)

Location: Albany, TX 76430 Shackelford County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 44.292', W 99° 17.359'

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Defender of Bataan

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John Tarleton College
May 18, 1936

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

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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.
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Date Added Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 472893 N 3622301
Decimal Degrees32.73820000, -99.28931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 44.292', W 99° 17.359'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 44' 17.52" N, 99° 17' 21.54" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cemetery Rd, Albany TX 76430, US
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