Dale Allen PearceWarrant Officer
C CO, 158TH AVN BN, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
26 November 1950 - 17 May 1971
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The database page for Dale Allen Pearce
I never knew my Uncle Dale. He died before my father was even out of junior high school. He is just a face in photographs to me and a character in many of my father's "childhood stories". My Uncle's death affected all of my family. My Grandmother now wears a MIA bracelet everywhere she goes and my Aunt and Uncle both wear the POW-MIA pins. I hear many stories about my Uncle and what a great spirit he had and what a great person he was. But I never got to know that witty, funny person. His life was cut short when he died for his country. He is my hero for sacrificing his life for me and my siblings and people all over the U.S. He is truly an inspiration to me and I try to keep his memory dear to my heart and as alive as possible!
Notes from The Virtual WallReconnaissance Team ALASKA was inserted into the Da Krong Valley, Thua Thien Province, SVN, reportedly on 8 May 1971. The team consisted of
C Company, 158th Aviation Battalion, had been tasked with extracting the recon team and launched an assault/extraction flight from Camp Evans. One of the assault helicopters involved, UH-1H tail number 67-17607, was crewed by
Heavy enemy fire precluded insertion of ground forces until the next day, when additional ground forces were inserted in an attempt to recover the survivors of both RT ALASKA and the downed Huey. SP5 Parker, SP4 Alcorn, and the two surviving Nungs were found alive. While Pearce's remains were identified the rescue party lacked the tools needed to free his body from the wreckage. The bodies of Hollingsworth, Dehnke, and the Nung trooper were recovered. SP4 Alcorn reported that he saw a man, believed to be WO Soyland, running on the crest of a nearby ridge, but although search efforts continued until 27 May the searchers were unable to locate either 1LT Entrican or WO Soyland.
Entrican and Soyland both were classed as missing in action. Enemy documents dated May 1971 were later captured and mentioned an American captured in the area, but it was impossible to determine if the documents referred to Entrican or Soyland. Both men were carried as Missing in Action until the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death (Soyland on 10 Apr 1978; Entrican on 6 Dec 1978).
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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