Cadet Albert H. Dickerson. Class of 1927. United States Military
Academy. West Point. New York (who formerly attended lola High School,
lola. Kansas and Kansas University, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Dickerson. R. F. D. No. 5. lola, Kansas, and appointed to the Academy by
the late Rep. Edward C. Little. 2nd District. Kansas, was the recipient
this morning (June 12) of a very high cadet honor when he was appointed
Cadet Lieutenant In the Corps of Cadets. This appointment (as well as
others) was announced in orders published immediately upon the
conclusion of the Graduation Exercises of the Class of 1926. It was
based upon a consideration of his military, academic and extra-
curricular work during the past year. It Is a most highly desired
appointment. Among Cadet Dlckerson's other accomplishments and credits
may be mentioned the following: Rifle and Pistol Marksman. Appointed
Cadet Corporal 1925, Indoor Meet 1926.
[Iola Daily Register And Evening News, Iola, KS, 12 Jun 1926, Sat, Page
Maj. Albert H. Dickerson
The commanding officer of the 14th battalion has commanded five
kinds of troops during his military career; white, Negro, Puerto Rican,
Filipino and American Indian. He is Major Albert H. Dickerson, born in
Iola, Kansas, on January 14, 1903. Major Dickerson graduated from the
Iola High School and attended the University of Kansas from 1919 until
1923, when he received a commission to West Point. Major Dickerson
graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a
second lieutenant of Infantry in 1927. His first assignment was at
Jefferson Barracks, Mo. In 1929 he got his first taste of foreign
service at Puerto Rico, where he was stationed until 1932.
Upon returning to this country, the Major entered the Infantry
School at Fort Benning and took the Company Officers course. Graduating
in 1933, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, He remained on
at the Infantry school as 1934 as the athletic officer. In 1934 he was
assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he commanded a Machine Gun
Company and later a Machine Gun Battalion. On June 14, 1937, he was
promoted to the rank of Captain. His next assignment again took him
outside of the United States. In 1939 he reported for duty with the Army
in the Philippine Islands, and from March 1941 until July, was commander
of the Base Camp on Bataan Peninsula. He sailed from Manila in
September. 1941, after having been promoted to his present rank in
January. On returning to this country he returned to school to take the
battalion commander and staff-officers course, from which he graduated
in January. 1942. He was sent from the school to his present duties
with the BIRTC. Major Dickerson is married and likes vigorous sports. He
enjoys watching and playing softball. and makes as his hobby golf,
badminton and bowling.
[The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, 01 Apr 1942, Wed, Page 1]
Dickerson Is Decorated For Heroism
Col. Albert H. Dickerson, formerly of Allen county, has been
awarded the Silver Star Medal for heroic conduct in action against the
enemy. The citation accompanying the award reads in part as follows:
"Col. Dickerson parachuted into
combat in an area strongly defended by the enemy and under heavy
fire. He immediately engaged the enemy with his carbine and
single-handed killed several enemy riflemen who were firing at
incoming gliders. Thereafter, with calm courage and complete
disregard for his own personal safety, Col. Dickerson took charge of
a small detachment of soldiers In the vicinity, personally led them
against the enemy located in two stone houses, subdued or destroyed
the enemy within the houses and captured some 20 prisoners. The
prompt and aggressive action which reduced these key enemy defenses
of the DZ materially assisted the safe landing in the immediate
vicinity. Throughout the action which followed, Col. Dickerson
constantly displayed cool judgment and outstanding leadership
Col. Dickerson is the
brother of Glen Dickerson, Rt. 2, Colony.
[The Iola Register, Iola, KS, 16 Jun 1945, Sat, Page 1]
To Carleton Is Named
Col. Albert H. Dickerson, former senior instructor of
the 100th Airborne Division, Bowman Field, has been named acting
district executive and senior instructor of the Kentucky Military
District. He replaces Col. Don E. Carleton, who was made chief of staff
of the Army military mission in Brazil.
Colonel Dickerson, 47, was assigned to the 100th Airborne last
April. He came here from Mannheim, Germany, where he was post commander.
He previously commanded the 508th Parachute Infantry, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower's honor guard at Frankfurt.
He is a combat veteran with 46 parachute jumps to his credit, and
was awarded the Silver Star for a jump made behind the German lines in
World War II.
[The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, 25 Feb 1950, Sat, Page 24]
of Donna Hardway-Hoag]
Grave marker for Albert H. Dickerson in
Section VI. Site D-231, U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point
(Orange county), New York.
Albert was first listed as a
West Point cadet on 7 February 1923. He was
commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Army on 14 February 1927
and graduated from USMA on 13 June 1927.
promoted to Colonel in 1935.