Dale Williams was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 20, 1945. He completed his early education in Ann Arbor, then enrolled in Michigan State University. Dale was in the ROTC program for all four years, graduating with a degree in Law Enforcement Administration and a Second Lt. Commission. Dale delayed his active duty for about nine months, taking a job in the Ann Arbor Police Department. When he finally went on active duty, he received specialized training at Forts Bragg and Sill.
When he went to Vietnam in 1969, he was assigned to the 10th Psyop Unit. They were responsible for developing material, written and via loud speakers, in an attempt to influence the enemy. His unit consisted of a commissioned officer, one non-com, and one enlisted soldier. His unit also had an ex-Vietcong contingence with a like amount and consistency of the American unit.
Dale related one incident when his unit was in a village in Vietnam that had three shelters. They stayed in one the first night, but left because the residents stole much of their equipment. The second night they moved to the next shelter. From there they used their loud speaker, aimed at the Vietcong, and the Vietcong in turn aimed their loud speaker at the allies. They moved to the third unit the next night and the second unit was hit and destroyed by enemy fire.
Upon his discharge he returned to the Ann Arbor Police Department as an undercover office at the University of Michigan campus, alerting the Department of any plans by groups to disrupt the community. He retired from the Dept after 25 years as a Detective.
After retirement, Dale began a home improvement business and continued that for 20 years before becoming seriously ill. Thanks to the care at the University of Michigan Hospital, he is in complete remission. He recently applied and received disability through Agent Orange exposure. Dale is married and has three daughters and one son. He and his family live in Chelsea, Michigan.