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Theodore R. Dale Korean War collection

Theodore R. Dale Korean War collection

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Finding aid for the Theodore R. Dale Korean War collection

BC.KWP.63

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

September 10, 2010



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Dale, Theodore R., 1918-2011
Title: Theodore R. Dale Korean War collection
Dates: Bulk, 1953
Dates: 1953; 2010-2011
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains an oral history interview with Theodore R. Dale from August 24, 2010 as well as documents relating to his military service.
Identification: BC.KWP.63
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.


Scope and Contents

The collection is a part of an ongoing Butler Center for Arkansas Studies project titled FORGOTTEN: The Arkansas Korean War Project. This initiative seeks to record the experiences of Arkansas's Korean War veterans through collection of documents, photographs, and oral history interviews.

This collection contains an oral history interview with Theodore R. Dale from August 24, 2010 as well as documents relating to his military service.


Biographical Information

Theodore R. Dale was born in Kentucky in 1918. He attended Ohio State University where he joined the ROTC. After graduating from college as a second lieutenant, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 1, 1941, and was activated after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1943, he transferred to the Army Air Corps and was assigned the 8th Air Force flying B-17 bombing missions over Germany, France, and Austria.

In 1945, Dale was assigned to the Army of Occupation as squadron commander at an airbase in Erlangen, Germany where he remained for six years after the war in various assignments, including flying the Berlin airlift for six weeks. After leaving Germany, Dale was assigned to the Strategic Air Command flying B-47 bombers. In addition to his other duties, he served as secretary of joint staff atomic tests in the early 1950s.

Dale served in the Korean War for one year beginning in July 1953 as a major with the U.S. Air Force He was first assigned to Kunsan Air Base flying B-26 bombers before being assigned to the Military Armistice Commission for eight months as an administrator for Colonel Cofield, Deputy Director of the Secretariat. Dale was responsible for transcribing the proceedings and transmitting them to the president daily. He attended the Commission meetings seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

Dale remained in the Air Force after leaving Korea and later served as Base Commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base before retiring in 1970 as a colonel. He died on September 9, 2011, in Alexander, Arkansas.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Dale, Theodore R., 1918-2011
Korean War, 1950-1953
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- United States
United States. Army Air Forces.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access, except where noted.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Theodore R. Dale Korean War collection, KWP.63, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Theodore R. Dale, August 24, 2010.


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