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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 3]

McClellan Biographies
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]

Col. 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
under fire." 

   Col. Dickerson is the brother of Glen Dickerson, Rt. 2, Colony.
[The Iola Register, Iola, KS, 16 Jun 1945, Sat, Page 1]


Successor 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]


[courtesy 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.

   He was promoted to Colonel in 1935.

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