George Clarence Dahlman

Specialist Five
Army Of The United States
10 December 1948 - 18 April 1969
Milwaukee, WI
Panel 27W Line 106


5th Cavalry Rgt

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for George Clarence Dahlman

Dear George,
    I know its been a long time since I talked to you. As near as I can remember, it was around October, 1985 when I looked for your name on the Memorial in Washington, D.C. while I was stationed at Andrews AFB. Before that, it was at your funeral, sometime in May 1969. I remember all of us, your High School classmates, at the cemetery not quite knowing how to deal with your death and our own mortality.

    There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. After almost 30 years, it still hurts to think about losing you. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

25 Oct 1998

Hello my brother,

I want you to know that you are so terribly missed by us that survived Nam! You were a classic dude, one of those that didn't fit into a mold like the rest of us. You were friends with all levels of soldier, because you didn't try to put us in a mold either. You accepted us for who and what we were.

Trying to think of something else to say that will honor you and demonstrate to those that read this memorial page of mine what a great and fearless soldier you were to the end may not be sufficient, so I'll just close now....

Peace and love forever, I'll see you again someday, and we'll talk more then. You will never be forgotten.

11 May 2001


The 3rd/5th Cavalry was dismounted in February, 1943, and re-organized under Infantry Tables of Organization and Equipment. It was re-organized wholly as Infantry in July, 1945, but retained its Cavalry designation. After Korea, the 3rd/5th Cavalry was de-activated in 1958. In 1966, it was activated for duty with the 9th Infantry Division "Old Reliables". Upon arrival, the Black Knights joined in the Division's first major contact of the war -- Operation Colby in 1967.

After the grim Tet attacks (1968), General Westmoreland reassigned Troops A, B and C, 3rd/5th Armored Cavalry to the DMZ to bolster armored firepower there.

The 9th Division unit was sent to Wunder Beach, 15 miles south of the DMZ, making it the northern-most 9th Division unit. For tactical purposes, the Cavalry units were under the operational control of I Corps. Unique is the fact that the bulk of the 9th Division remained in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon.

While the men wore the 9th Division patch, they fought with many other divisional elements in the northern provinces, including the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions, the 5th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne, and the 1st Air Cavalry.

A memorial from his friend,
David Frederick 
25 Oct 1998

Updated to include his Brother in Arms
Doug Hallas
11 May 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)