TAPS - Col William H. Dabney, VMI '61

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  1. RahVaMil2009

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    Another Marine and VMI Alumnus to guard the pearly gates.

    Rest in Peace, Sir.
     
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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I never met Col Dabney as he was the Commandant long after I graduated. But a friend of mine (himself a retired Marine Col)- posted this about Col Dabney (who was a Navy Cross winner for actions during the siege of Khe Sanh, and the son in law of USMC legend and VMI Alum LTGen Chesty Puller):

    RIP Col Dabney and RIP Col Buzz Snyder USA who was his predecessor as Commandant and who passed away the day prior. VMI lost two good men this week.
     
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    The citation from Col Dabney's Navy Cross:
    Navy Cross CitationDate of Action: January 21 to April 14, 1968

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    I can't imagine a better example of what being an officer should be all about: "calm courage under fire... without concern for his own safety..."
     
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    What a great man and inspiration

    He led on the battlefield and must have been a great mentor to so many young people at VMI and in the Marines.

    God Bless Him
     
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    India 6 actual this is Echo 3 Golf over , E3 this is India 6 go over ,Roger sit rep as follows over Mike 1 Alpha I say again Mike 1 alpha over . E3 Outstanding over RTB over . (translated radio operator procedure Colonel Dabneys call sign India 6 actual responding to then E3 Lcpl Garcias call sign E3Golf after the last training mission was completed at 29 palms that Mike 1 mission 1 was Alpha accopmlished .the last time I spoke to him on the radio and transfered to reserves. when we first met he was a LTCol in comand of 1st bn 1st Marines and a full Colonel commanding the 1st Marine Regiment he promoted me twice and took me with him when he assumed comand of the Regiment .
    Col Dabney was my first CO when I reported to H&S 1st BN 1st Marines I was assigned as his radio operator He was the most outstanding Marine I have ever known.He led from the front and waited the last in the chow line until all his marines ate before he did and looked after his Marines like his own sons and brothers. A Lt onced ask him why he used the term Sir with his enlisted Marines he said it was only fair to impart mutal respect for your fellow Marine . I did not serve with him in combat and served with him for three years and would have followed him anywhere . I was his radio operator ,clerk, driver cook and bodyguard and soccer goalie, (he loved kicking our *** around the field ) and he taught me and all his Marines what it ment to be A United States Marine . I will be honored to report for duty with your unit when I die on earth Sir , India 6 Actual Sierra Fox over (meaning Semper Fiedelis Sir) . E5Garcia out over .
     
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