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In memoriam: Dale Case, military veteran who fought at D-Day

Retired military veteran Dale Case answers questions from Coronado High students in an interview filmed for the Library of Congress in 2008.
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       Dale Rexford Case, 89, a veteran of World War II (including D-Day) and the Korean War, passed away Feb. 6 in Texas.
       Services were Feb. 13 in Arlington, Texas, with interment at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
       A former Westside resident, he was involved with the military most of his life, retiring as an Army command sergeant major from Fort Carson in 1962 and working 23 years after that in the Air Force civil service.
       He moved to Fort Worth in 2010.
       Sgt. Major Case was preceded in death by his son Robert and by his wife of 34 years, Lois. He is survived by his son Jerome, daughter Mary Lee, sister Betty and stepson Doyle Lankford.
       He was born Feb. 15, 1924 in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Case grew up in Sedalia, Missouri, before volunteering to fight in World War II at age 16. He participated in the D-Day Normandy Invasion at Utah Beach. Part of the 6th Armored Division, he was also involved in five major battles as a tank commander with General Patton and awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
       In an interview with Coronado High students in 2008 for the national Veterans History Project (VHP) that was reported in the Westside Pioneer, Case admitted lying about his age when he enlisted (saying he was 18). “People talk about patriotism,” he said. “I couldn't even spell 'patriotism.' ”
       Case also observed that his case was not so unusual. “World War II was fought with people like you,” he told the students. “Ninety percent of them was kids of high school age who lied about their age and went in.”
       The VHP archives its collections at the Library of Congress and makes them available to researchers and to the public.
       Case later served two years in Korea, then at the Pentagon as army advisor to the state of Wyoming. He served two more tours in Germany before being reassigned to Fort Carson.

Westside Pioneer/obituary
(Posted 2/18/14)