Vietnam Veterans of America, Sandpoint Chapter 890

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MAJ Dale Wilson, Ph.D., USA (Ret.)
Dale Wilson of Sagle is shown here on 31 July 1970, his first day in the field with Company C, 3-1st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He is shown above with 15-year-old Kit Carson Scout (KCS) Thinh, who went to Company D. Thinh had been forced to become a Viet Cong at age nine and surrendered to Army of the Republic of Vietnam troops at age 14 and volunteered to work with Americans as a KCS. Dale was lightly wounded 33 days later and spent three weeks getting treatment and healing before returning to his unit in the field. In late November, he slipped while traversing a ledge in the mountains west of Quang Ngai and badly sprained his right ankle. While recovering, he was transferred to the 31st Public Information Detachment to serve as a combat photographer and correspondent for the 11th Light Infantry Brigade. He remained in the army and went to Officer Candidate School in September 1978 as a promotable Staff Sergeant. He was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in Armor Branch on 22 February 1979. After 13 months, he finally got orders promoting him to Sergeant First Class, but the effective date was six days after he was discharged as a SSgt. and commissioned. He retired as a major with a doctorate in history after teaching at West Point for three years in September 1991.

Ron McIlnay of Bonners Ferry was an Air Force electronics specialist who served for several months at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Saigon in 1965. His job was to service F-101 Voodoos like those pictured here.

Mike Prevost of Sandpoint served on the amphibious ship USS Colonial (LSD-18) from January 1963 through June 1967, making three cruises to the Western Pacific in 1964, 1965, and 1966. He attended the Second Class Diver's School at Subic Bay in the Philippines and became the ship's assigned diver. At the end of his enlistment, he was a Boatswain's Mate 3d Class.