William Dale's Story
William 'Dale' Corliss, 80, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), passed away peacefully with his wife, Paulette, son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Barbara, by his side, due to a sudden illness on April 26, 2016, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
He is also survived by his son, Lieutenant Colonel Scott (U.S. Army) and Mrs. Renee Corliss, and grandsons, Mitchell Corliss and Seaman Kevin Corliss (U.S.C.G.). He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Gladys Corliss (Christie), and his sister, Shirley Corliss, all of Gloucester.
His accomplishments in life are easily summed up in one word - Service. Dale was a distinguished 28-year Army veteran. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with both a bronze palm and bronze star for his heroic actions in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive (February 1968) as well as the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. During his service Dale also served as a Platoon Leader and Troop Commander in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bindlach, Germany, during the buildup of the Iron Curtain along the Czechoslovakian border during the early 1960s; as the Battalion Commander of the 4th Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas; and for NATO as part of the Central Army Group in Heidelberg, Germany, during his time in the Army.
He was awarded the NBC Television affiliate WCSH (Portland, Maine) "6 Who Care" Award for demonstrating exceptional service to his community and was honored as the Grand Marshal for Brunswick Memorial Day Parade (2009) in Brunswick, Maine.
Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Dale was an avid outdoorsman who shared his father's love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also inherited his father's nurseryman genes and planted a garden at almost every Army post to which he was stationed.
Dale was a very proud graduate of Norwich University (Class of '58) in Northfield, Vt., where he was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating he regularly attended sporting events - particularly hockey games, as well as academic and alumni events at the campus. He also earned his Master's Degree from Hartford College while serving as an ROTC instructor on the campus.
His multiple assignments in Germany spawned a unique love for German traditions as he could frequently be seen sporting his German Alpine hat with many Volksmarch pins and even his German Lederhosen at outdoor events.
We would like to express our sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Maine Veterans Home for the incredible care and compassion they displayed to Dale.
There will be a private ceremony for family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Maine Veterans Home, In memory of COL William Dale Corliss (Ret), 290 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Published on April 29, 2016