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Dale Carlton

Dale A. Carlton, age 67 of Spring Lake, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. He was born on October 8, 1949 to Paul and Elaine (Neigh) Carlton in Saginaw, MI. Dale was a graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School in Saginaw. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Sociology and Social Work. Dale was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He retired from the State of Michigan as a social worker. Dale loved serving the Lord, fishing and vacationing in Jamaica. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former, Susan Moore; son, Troy (Joan) Carlton; daughter, Lisa (Josh) Badour; grandsons, Dylan and Devon; granddaughters, Ashlynn and Brooklynn; sisters, Diana Alles, Ellen (John) Propp; brother, Edward Carlton; sister-in-law, Maryann Moore; brother-in-law, David (Joyce) Moore, and numerous nieces and nephews. VISITATION for Dale will take place on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at The Spring Lake Chapel, 213 E. Savidge St. (616-842-6100) from 2:004:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm. A FUNERAL SERVICE for Dale will take place on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church (2651 Shettler Rd.) at 2:00 PM with visitation an hour prior to services. VISITATION will take place at 2:00 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens (950 N. Center Road, Saginaw, MI 48638) with entombment at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017.




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08/23/17 07:53 AM #1    

Ronald Dashkovitz

So many great memories a kids..running up and down the streets of west michigan in saginaw, love the days of playing basketball and days of track. He was a very special man with alot of heart. So sadden to hear about him pasting away. He will always be in my heart.  Loved you , Dash

11/11/17 02:32 PM #2    

Michael Gardyko

Dale Allen Carlton

On June 24,1968, Dale Allen Carlton enlisted in the Army of the United States of America during the height of the Vietnam War. He had been a Douglas MacArthur High School graduate a mere eleven days. Dale’s starting salary, as a Private E-1, was $102 paid in cash every month less withholding tax. He would receive an additional $65 monthly in hazardous duty pay while stationed in Vietnam. Three years later, when discharged, Dale’s military rank and grade was Specialist E-4 earning him $313 a month.

Private Carlton received Basic Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and received Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Dale received 8-weeks of training as a Military Policeman, MOS: 95B10. Upon completion of AIT, he was issued orders to report for assignment and transport to Vietnam following leave.

Dale spent his few weeks of pre-deployment leave in Michigan during the fall of 1968 visiting family and friends before returning to duty. He arrived in Vietnam at Da Nang Air Base on November 19, 1968.

PFC Carlton served in the 981st Military Police Sentry Dog Company, 97th MP Battalion, 16th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, US Army Republic of Vietnam, out of Cam Ranh Bay. Dale received 6-weeks of additional training with the US Army Republic of Vietnam Dog Training Detachment as a Sentry Dog Handler, MOS 95B1D. He was assigned night perimeter guard duty with a K-9 Unit. He also patrolled installations along a strategic supply route, Route Coloniale 19, some 50-miles of roadway between An Khe and Pleiku.

It is estimated that over 4,000 dogs served in Vietnam; 500 were KIA. The dogs and their handlers were used for sentry duty and to detect land mines, booby traps, weapons, and enemy combatants. 


In addition to his National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Campaign Stars and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960-device, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation, and 2 Overseas War Service Bars. PFC Carlton was promoted during his eleventh month in country; Specialist Carlton left Vietnam 5-weeks later on November 18, 1969.

Dale was first attached to the 65th Artillery in Cleveland, Ohio following his post-deployment leave. There, as a Senior Security Guard, he provided security at a Nike Hercules missile site from January through August of 1970. In September 1970, he was assigned to the 208th Military Police Company, Headquarters Command, U.S. Army Training Center, 5th Army, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. There he served the remaining 10-months of his enlistment performing the usual and customary duties of an MP assigned to garrison duty until his discharge on June 23, 1971.

After being discharged from active duty, Dale worked in the transit industry more than 6-years. He eventually resigned his employment and attended college under the G.I Bill. He studied Sociology and Social Work at the University of Michigan, Flint campus. After earning his bachelors degree, Dale began his lifelong career in social work.


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