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i11111 lillgl[ll iLimipi a 8 TUESDAY, JUNE 7- THURSDAY, JUNE 9 2011 NEWS cape Gazette Congressional Medal of Honor recipient David C. Dolby is unit's namesake By Ron MacArthur In his first of five tours in Viet- nam, David C. Dolby joined an elite group of true American he- roes. The lifetime member of American Veterans Post 2 in Long Neck was awarded the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions May 21, 1966. In a moving May 28 ceremony, the post was named in his honor. The Royersford, Pa., resident passed away suddenly at the age of 64 Aug. 6, 2010, after a lifetime of working to better veterans' lives. He was attending a veter- ans' gathering with his brother Daniel in Spirit Lake, Idaho, when he passed away. He vacationed and spent sev- eral weekends each year in the Long Neck area where he joined Post 2 and became an active member. He also visited Cape Henlopen High School to Speak to students about his experi- ences. Four houl On his first tour of duty in Vietnam, Dolby's platoon, U.S. Army Company B, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, came under heavy enemy fire, killing sLx platoori members im- mediately; many were wounded. Aware platoon leader Lt. Robert Crum Jr. was critically wounded and platoon was in a precari- ous position, Dolby moved the wounded to safety and deployed the remaining men to engage the enemy. Facing intense enemy fire, Dol- by attacked and single-handedly killed three enemy machine gun- SUBMITTED PHOTOS David Dolby receives the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson. ners and neutralized enemy fire, allowing other soldiers to ad- vance to secure their flank. During the subsequent fight- ing, he carried a seriously wounded soldier away from the fighting and then returned to the forward area, crawling to within 150 feet of enemy bunkers. He threw smoke grenades to mark the bunkers for air strikes even though he was under Fire at close range from enemy snipers and automatic weapons. In addition, he directed artillery fire that suc- ceeded in silencing several ene- my weapons. Dolby remained in his exposed location until his comrades were able to get to more secure posi- tions. "His actions of unsurpassed valor during four hours of in- tense combat were a source of inspiration to his entire compa- ny, 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 fel- The most recent photo of David Dolby, who passed away last year. low soldiers," according to the official statement read at the medal ceremony in Washington, D.C., when he received the award May 28, 1968, from President Lyndon B. Johnson. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO AMVETS POST ~; IN LONG NECK has been named in memory of David C. Dolby. Fewer than 3,500 service men Life was not always easy for and women have received the Dolby after he left the military. Congressional Medal of Honor He worked at several jobs includ- since it was initiated at the begin- ing asia painting contractor with ningoftheCivilWarin1861.Dol- his brother. His wife, Xuan, by joins a small group ofjus[ 24[] whom h6 i'66t Viet 'l, di0d in recipients from the Vietnam 1987. War. "He accomplished the impos- Of the 859 recipients since sible," said Post 2 Commander 1941, more than half were award- William Ketler. "We can all grant ed posthumously and only 85 him a simple dignity by support- medal winners are alive toda ing our troops and veterans." Besides assisting veterans his Gary O'Neal, who served with entire life, one of his passions Dolby from 1969-70, called him was to draw more attention to "my battle buddy." the neglected Medal of Honor AMVETS National Comman- Grove at the Freedoms Founda- der Jerry Hotop said the medal tion in Valley Forge, Pa. Thanks comes with a great responsibility to his actions, several veterans that Dolby was able to live up to. groups have committed to sup- Dolby also received the port the park dedicated to Medal Bronze and Silver stars and a of Honor recipients. Purple Heart. Students Continued from page 7 Grand Canyon, California, and, of course, Las Vegas. Now 24 years old, he still possesses the wide-eyed curiosity and excite- ment of the young man who came to us nearly eight years ago but with a maturity which is just beginning to reveal itself as he has graduated from the uni- versity and is ready to embark on his life as an adnlt. Dayana still has a year of school to finish when she re- turns to Italy. She turns 19 in August and already plans to re- turn and attend the University of Delaware after she completes her Italian education. Of course, we will welcome her home. Novello and Annalisa have thanked us many times for co- parenting their children. Al- though from different countries and cultures, we share the same values and dreams for all of our children. In summer 2013, Drew will spend a month or two in Italy with the Guardini family before he embarks on his college career. A year as an exchange student is not in the cards for Drew - he's a varsity baseball player at Sussex Tech, and that's not a sport played extensively in Italy, so the summer will have to suffice. All of us, lanice, Novello, An- nalisa, Drew, Alex, Dayana and I are richer for taking part in the exchange student program. It's a life-changing educational ex- perience for the students who participate and establishes fami- ly bonds across the continents which are enriching beyond measure. If you are interested in learn- ing more about hosting an inter- national exchange student, write to me at and I'll forward you contact in- formation where you can dis- cover more and have your qnes- tious answered. Bob Love has been a reporter for community newspapers and a campaign strategist for local, state and federal candidates. He is a former planning board member and charter school board president. Reach Love at ALEX AND DAYANA GUARDINI have become brother and sister to Drew Love, right, after each spent a year as exchange students with the Love family in Re- hoboth Beach.