Ron Dill

Profile Updated: April 23, 2021
Ron Dill
Address: Fleming Island, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Shirley
Occupation: retired
Children/Grandchildren: Ron Jr, Mark, Robin
Grandchildren: Lindsay, Elise, Casey, Cameron, Sammy.
Greatgrandson: More…Jaxson
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I entered the Army under the "buddy plan" with John Foster, one of our classmates. John and I attending basic training together at Fort Jackson, SC. After basic training, I received advanced training in cryptography at Fort Gordon, GA and John went for his advance training at Fort Devens, MA. My first duty assignment was at Vint Hill Farms Station near Warrenton, VA. After 3 1/2 years, I was transferred to Kagnew Station in Asmara, Ethiopia. Shirley and the kids joined me three months later. Asmara was the capital of Eritrea, an Italian colony from 1890 to 1941 and was federated with Ethiopia in 1952. For the first year, we lived on the economy awaiting new housing to be completed on base. That was quite an experience. While in Ethiopia, I was able to travel to Addis Ababa; Capital of Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania where I went on a camera safari with a neighbor of ours. We spent three days traveling around Serengeti taking pictures of African wildlife. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Although we never got close, seeing Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance was very impressive. Kilimanjaro at 19,340 ft is the tallest mountain in Africa. While stationed at Kagnew, I applied for Officers Candidate School (OCS) and was assigned to the Infantry OCS at Fort Benning, GA. After graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant, I received Intelligence training at Fort Holabird, MD. From there I attended the Defense Language Institute in Washington, DC. to study German. After nine months of German language training, I was transferred to Mainz, Germany. We absolutely loved everything about Germany from the people, the food, and the opportunity to travel. Travel we did. Although we only spent 18 months in Germany, We drove to France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria. We also had a train trip to England.
My tour in Germany was cut short due to orders to a different place, Vietnam. I was stationed in the Delta region of Vietnam as an Advisor. During this time, Shirley and the kids went back to Gastonia. Upon departing Vietnam, I was assigned to the Special Forces Command, G2, at Fort Bragg, NC.
Since I entered the Army right after high school, I had not completed enough night courses for a college degree. After a year at Fort Bragg, I requested that I be able to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha to complete my degree. My request was approved and I was able to study at UNO for 12 months. Although it was a long time coming, I finally received my BS in December 1973. After UNO, I was assigned to the Pentagon with duty in DC at the Counterintelligence Analysis Detachment. My next assignment was with the Defense Investigative Service with duty at Patrick Air Force Base, FL. From FL, I was assigned to the USA Operational Group at Fort Meade, MD. My next assignment was at the 524th MI Battalion, Seoul, Korea. Upon leaving Korea, I returned to Fort Meade. I had been taking night classes for a graduate degree and I received a MA in Business in June 1981 from Central Michigan University. I retired from the Army in March 1982 and moved to Laurel, MD where I commuted to work for a contractor in DC. After a year, I got a job with Bendix Field Engineering Corporation working on a NASA contract. Although the corporation name changed throughout the years to Allied Signal and finally Honeywell, I retired from Honeywell in March 2000. Shirley and I moved to Fleming Island, FL in 2003. Fleming Island is just south of Jacksonville.

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Jul 07, 2021 at 4:13 PM

Happy Birthday Paul. Its been a long time since the Boy Scouts. Have a great day. Will see you at the reunion.

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Happy Birthday Beverly. Hope you have a wonderful day

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Happy Birthday Shirley. Hope that you and your family are all well. Have a wonderful day.

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Happy Birthday Larry. Have a wonderful day.

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Happy Birthday MC. Hope you and your family are well. Have a wonderful day.

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Happy Birthday Carol. Hope you and your family are all well. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Posted on: Dec 07, 2020 at 10:53 AM

Happy BirthdayTom. Hope you have a wonderful day. Hope that you and your family are in good health.

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Happy Birthday John. Hope that you and your family are healthy. Hope that you have a wonderful day.

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Nov 24, 2020 at 5:46 PM

Happy Birthday Claude. It certainty has been a long time since Abernathy. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Happy Birthday Ruth. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Jul 07, 2020 at 9:29 AM

Happy Birthday Paul. Hope you and your family are all doing well. Enjoy the day.

May 20, 2020 at 3:08 PM

Ron, you are aware that the reunion has been postponed to September, aren't you? Let me know

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Posted on: Mar 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Happy Birthday Joe. Hope that you and your family are all healthy and doing well.

Jan 20, 2020 at 6:37 PM

Happy Birthday Ron! Hope you’ve had a great day! Hope to see you at our 60th Class Reunion May 39, 30, 2020!

Jan 20, 2020 at 11:01 AM

Happy Birthday...
If you get a call from: "Unknown caller"...
answer :
"It's Done, (in a low voice) But there's Blood everywhere!"

You will feel so much better, I promise !

If someone calls and says:
"You crazy fool! You said I wouldn't get pregnant !"

You reply, calmly:
"Who is This?".

Now you are fully prepared.
See Eagle take flight in slow motion.. practice... you might be able to do this.. someday(?)

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Happy Belated Birthday Claude. Hope you and your family are all doing well.





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