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David_Dolby SGT David Dolby, MOH recipient, Spirit Lake, Idaho, RIP. And then, there were 87 remaining. I generally try to avoid any chain emails, but this one did manage to grab my attention.
Last Friday, August 6, David C. Dolby passed away suddenly in Spirit Lake, Idaho at the age of 64. Childless, Mr. Dolby had lived in virtual seclusion in the town of Barto, PA since the passing of his wife in 1997. Barto is so small and insignificant the Rand McNally Atlas doesn’t even list it in its appendix. Mr. Dolby’s passing went so unnoticed that even his hometown paper didn’t acknowledge it. His passing was announced by an organization to which he belonged. Evidently most felt Mr. Dolby’s death didn’t merit any notice at all and almost nobody gave it a thought. He apparently hadn’t done anything in his life to merit any special attention. Three days later, on Monday, August 9, Steven Slater, a childish, immature loser who up until that day had pretty much gone as unnoticed as David Dolby, threw a temper tantrum on a Jet Blue airplane at John F. Kennedy airport because his personal pet peeve is luggage that shifts during flight (or maybe it was tray tables not being upright and locked). Since acting like a spoiled 16 year old, he has been featured on every major news network in the country, his face is on the front page of numerous national publications, Facebook pages have been established to “honor” him, and Mr. Slater has been called a “hero” by people we are supposed to believe know what that term means. Only in today’s America, Mr. Slater will, in all likelihood, stretch his 15 minutes of infamy into 30 and end up making an obscene amount of money from, and revered by, some folks in our great nation who believe that Mr. Slater’s parents actually DIDN'T pollute the gene pool. He will be interviewed by Today, the Early Show, Good Morning America. He’ll appear on Leno, Conan, Letterman. He’ll become what we in America these days view as “somebody”. He’ll be given praise he doesn’t deserve and labels he never earned. He apparently has done something that merits special attention.
Now, I don't really condone the message about Mr. Slater entirely. Mr. Slater's escapade really resonated not because of Mr Slater at all, but rather the inherent message it excites in everyone who hates their job, or has to deal with folks complaining all the time. Luckily, I never have anyone complain on the blog. (*cough*) And I love my job. (no cough) The basic message that Mr. Dolby's death should not go unnoticed though is one that I agree with whole-heartedly.  There was one article I found about him that was quite good, and there were a few elements of it that I wanted to share. From the Chester County (PA) local news:
Dolby, who lived in Royersford, was in Idaho for a veterans' gathering, according to friends. ...Two weeks ago, Dolby had joined those speaking about the disrepair of the Medal of Honor Grove at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The nonprofit foundation has suffered financial setbacks and regular maintenance of the 52-acre memorial was suspended. Various groups are coming together to repair the grove this fall. "Dolby was concerned the grove was not being maintained in a way that would reflect the cause of freedom ... the grove demonstrated," said state Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland. "He was very proud. He took me to the Pennsylvania site to his tree." The grove reserves a plot for each state to commemorate its honorees with a tree and plaque. Many of the trees have died, and plaques were uprooted. Dinniman said Dolby liked to come to the grove. "He said he could think, a place of peace for him," the senator said.
The man did everything that could ever be asked of him, and continued to serve. He didn't either literally or figuratively grab a few (well-earned) cold ones and pop the chute to freedom. He stayed in the fight, with rounds striking all around him, and later when he wanted to help save something for his brothers and sisters-in-arms. The man was a hero in every sense of the word, and not just for his war-time exploits, which I share now in full:
Rank: Sergeant Organization: U.S. Army Company: Company B, 1st Battalion Division: 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division Born: 14 May 1946, Norristown, Pa. Departed: Yes (08/06/2010) Entered Service At: Philadelphia, Pa. G.O. Number: 45 Date of Issue: 09/28/1967 Accredited To:  Republic of Vietnam, Date: 21 May 1966 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, when his platoon, while advancing tactically, suddenly came under intense fire from the enemy located on a ridge immediately to the front. Six members of the platoon were killed instantly and a number were wounded, including the platoon leader. Sgt. Dolby's every move brought fire from the enemy. However, aware that the platoon leader was critically wounded, and that the platoon was in a precarious situation, Sgt. Dolby moved the wounded men to safety and deployed the remainder of the platoon to engage the enemy. Subsequently, his dying platoon leader ordered Sgt. Dolby to withdraw the forward elements to rejoin the platoon. Despite the continuing intense enemy fire and with utter disregard for his own safety, Sgt. Dolby positioned able-bodied men to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements, assisted the wounded to the new position, and he, alone, attacked enemy positions until his ammunition was expended. Replenishing his ammunition, he returned to the area of most intense action, single-handedly killed 3 enemy machine gunners and neutralized the enemy fire, thus enabling friendly elements on the flank to advance on the enemy redoubt. He defied the enemy fire to personally carry a seriously wounded soldier to safety where he could be treated and, returning to the forward area, he crawled through withering fire to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers and threw smoke grenades to mark them for air strikes. Although repeatedly under fire at close range from enemy snipers and automatic weapons, Sgt. Dolby directed artillery fire on the enemy and succeeded in silencing several enemy weapons. He remained in his exposed location until his comrades had displaced to more secure positions. His actions of unsurpassed valor during 4 hours of intense combat were a source of inspiration to his entire company, contributed significantly to the success of the overall assault on the enemy position, and were directly responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Dolby's heroism was in the highest tradition of the U.S. Army.
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Meet you at Fiddler's Green, Sergeant.

Dave Dolby. Man among men.

As always, well writ.

"All the way" "AND THEN SOME"

Thank you for your service Sgt. Dolby. I also will meet you on Fiddler's Green

Albert Green
Co C. 1/7 First Cavlary Division
Garry Owen!

"To those who fought for it , Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know" God Bless Dave. A true American.
Sgt. Kim Marvin , USMC
3rd Tank Batt. 3rd Marine Div.
Vietnam

Just want to say Semper Fi, To one of the Armys best. R.I.P.

I met David at a 101st Army reunion in Wildwood he was a very PROUD man although very quiet, He soke to every one of his time in Vietnam but like most Medal of Honor recipients was very humble that this is what most would have done. I am so honored to have met Dave and I pray he is under that tree at peace forever Andy Jackson, American Legion Post 493

As a Vietnam Vet, I just want to honor the memory of a real American Hero!

Sgt.Dolby, God Bless You Sir. And Thank You for Your Service to Our Great Country.

R.I.P. Only those that have gave, know the risks that we give. May we all know peace, for the sacrifices we all give. Go well.

SFC Zaragoza, Dave
INFANTRY,
US Army

Sgt Dolby, I salute you and thank you for your humble ways, and selfless actions in a faraway country, long ago. My hope is that your spirit will live forever. You are a true hero. God Bless.

To the 'all gave some and some gave all', Sgt Dolby, you gave all.....Thank you, God bless and RIP!

Thank you Sir for your heroism, strength, unselfishment and love for your country and fellow man. You & your family are in my prayers and my heart. Cindy

Sir, it is with the most profound respect, that I thank you for your service. It is time for a new generation of service members to embrace and carry the torch of freedom that you so proudly carried and defended. Again, thank you for your service, may your spirit walk with Gods grace. God Bless.

RIP my brother! "Mad Dog" You were always there when we needed you... It's been a long 45 years since we left Savannah Georgia on the USNS Geiger for our trip over. We endured that wonderful Typhoon outside of Wake Island and partied hard in Guam..... After it was all over and you came to Charlie Company, 1/501st , "Geronimo", 101 Abn Div at Fort Campbell, Ky......you still gave it your all.....
I can still remember that I pulled most if not all of the KP in our company until I made Sergeant....something was wrong??? We kept the spirit going with the Riots in Detroit and the fights & parties in Clarksville.... after your award you decided to go back over again to serve your 2nd tour in the bush with your brother soldiers.....how lucky they were to have you with them .....you knew the drill already.... and you did well again....

David, I'll truly miss you brother as well as all of the soldiers that ever came into contact with you. You had such a great big heart and I know that all of the people that knew you, even if for just a short while, they will always know just what kind of soldier you were......

We were soldiers once, and we were young.............Thanks brother! I'll see you again because we were the "Devils in Baggy Pants" Airborne all the way!!!!!

Until we meet in the sky again wraped in a silk parachute........your brother, Chuck

RIP , Sgt Dolby, my fellow Vet ,We will all meet again someday, Thank You and God Bless.

We were lucky to have Sgt Dolby. He set the standard. We shall miss him.

SGT Dolby, may you rest in eternal peace. A TRUE American hero.

R.I.P. Fellow vet, I honor your sacrifice for this nation....

The Nation is a little bit sadder tonight learning about MOH Sgt. Dolby's passing. I never met him but I knew of him. Few men who understand and have experienced the horror of war speak of there experience. Sgt Dolby like many others who were in country had no need to brag of his duty or his medals. He had no need to share his fear nor did he require others to give him respect for he had long earned the respect of his brothers and sisters in arms.

The country unknowingly is a better place because of him and thou his home town knew little of him others who have walked in his shadow knew him well. He rest now with others who have come to the defense of this Nation's interest and in her hour of need. He is among other heros and we pray that his soul finds peace.

'72 Army Vet

Concerning the comment, "The basic message that Mr. Dolby’s death should not go unnoticed ...". David's untimely passing did not go unnoticed, or unrecognized. Here is a great article that was written about Dave in our local Newspaper> Medal of Honor recipient was true American hero - The Mercury News, Pottstown, PA, [http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2010/08/11/news/srv0000009062802.txt]

And, here is the article that was written about David trying to get support to fix up the MOH Grove in Valley Forge, PA> Medal of Honor grove a disgrace - The Mercury News, Pottstown, PA, [http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2010/07/30/online/srv0000008961944.txt]

Rest In Peace David, you deserve it.

(U.S. Army/USAR, Infantry 64-84)

I think there are only a few heros, military, Law inforcement, fire protection and some one who risks life or injury for others. I cringe anytime some one refers to a athlete who plays some type of game as a hero. No matter how well they play a game they are not heros!

God Bless David Dolby. He was in Kansas City for a short time in the 90's, and I had the good fortune to meet him. He was with our VVA Chapter for a while. He was one of our heroes and won't be forgotten.

A friend just sent me notice of Sgt. Dolby death and of his service. Those 4 hours that gained him the Medal of Honor also gained him a place in Heaven and one in every true American's heart forever. I wept when I read about him, tears of pride. Best, Dick Lanham (Richard J Lanham, MD)

Dave Dolby was a lifetime member of Rolling Thunder. All of us in he organization feel privileged and honored to have had Dave Dolby as a member of our chapter, and will truly miss him. God BlesYou Dave Dolby.

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