Death of former Sergeant Major of the Army George Dunaway

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    February 22, 2008 1700 hrs ( east coast time)

    Taps notice; Update SMA George Dunaway (Ret.)

    This message was sent by the Pentagon telecommunications center on behalf of DA Washington, DC.

    Subject: Death of former Sergeant Major of the Army.:

    1. It is with deep regret that the Secretary of the Army and I inform you of the death of Sergeant Major of the Army George Wilber Dunaway, United States Army, Retired. He passed away on 6 February 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    2. As a mark of respect to the memory of Sergeant Major George W. Dunaway, the national flag will be flown at half-staff at all installations, activities, and vessels of the department of the army in the district of columbia and throughout the united states and its territories and possessions, from reveille to retreat on the day of interment 19 march 2008.

    3. Sergeant Major Dunaway was born 24 july 1922, in Richmond, Virginia. He served with distinction during his 30 years in the army culminating with being sworn in on 1 september 1968 as the 2nd Sergeant Major of the army, and serving until his term ended in september 1970.

    In his own words, his life as a soldier was "about the soldiers and it was for the soldiers." this is exemplified during SMA Gunaway's tenure through the introduction of the noncommissioned officer education system (NCOs), a three-tiered system that trained NCOs in basic, advanced, and senior courses, insuring soldiers would receive the best leadership possible.

    4. After attending the airborne course in august 1943, Sergeant Major Dunaway remained at Fort Benning, Georgia as an airborne school instructor until january 1945 when he joined the 517th combat team in France as a platoon sergeant. He returned to Fort Benning in December 1945 with assignment to the 501st parachute infantry regiment where he served as first sergeant of company "a". In march 1948, Sergeant Major Dunaway was reassigned to the 82nd airborne division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There he became a member of the 505th parachute infantry regiment as operations sergeant, ascending to the Regimental Sergeant Major position in 1952.

    In early 1954 he transferred to the 187th regimental combat team as the combat team's Sergeant Major. He continued in that position for seven years during which he saw the airborne regimental combat team renamed as the 187th infantry, when the 101st airborne division was reactivated on 21 september 1956, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Departing Fort Campbell in 1961, he took the reins of the 1st Special Forces group, 1st special Forces in United States Army Pacific and later moved to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam, where he remained until june 1967.

    6. Returning to the United States, he rejoined the 101st airborne division as it prepared to move to Vietnam in the largest unit deployment by air in the history of the Vietnam war. Sergeant Major dunaway arrived in Vietnam with the commanding general's command group on 13 december 1967. In February 1968, he moved to camp eagle in the i corps tactical zone with the division where he remained until july 1968 when he was selected as the 2nd Sergeant Major of the army.

    7. Sergeant Major Dunaway’s awards include the Distinguished service medal, Silver star, Legion of merit, the Bronze star medal (with "V" device),Purple heart, Air medal (with "V" device), Army commendation medal (with oak leaf cluster), Good conduct medal, European- african middle eastern campaign medal, World war ii victory medal, National defense service medal, vietnam service medal, Vietnamese armed forces honor medal (second class), the Vietnamese cross of gallantry (with silver star), Republic of vietnam campaign medal, Master Parachutist badge and the Combat infantryman badge with star.

    8. Surviving Sergeant Major Dunaway are his wife, Mary Dunaway, his son, Michael Dunaway, both of Nevada; his other son, George Dunaway of Texas; and his daughters, Martha Barnett of Maryland and Suzanne Hunt of North Carolina.

    9. A Memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Fort Myer post chapel followed by the interment at Arlington national cemetery.

    RIP Sergeant Major Dunaway — Blue Skies!
  2. Is Dunaway the CSMA who led the drive to do away with distinctive unit caps like the black berets for tankers, etc?
  3. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    I don't know! I have never heard that one on him. General Eric Shinseki is the only one I remember messing with berets. (The cnut!) :x
  4. Would even the most senior Sergeant Major have the power to do something like that? Serious question, am curious.

    Seems like he was a fine man though even if he was a yank, RIP.
  5. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Well, like I said in my message I don't know, I had not heard anything about the SMA and berets.

    IMHO, I doubt that a Sergeant Major of the Army, even though he is the highest ranking NCO in the US Army, could pull off something like that.

    Yes, he could have influence and provide guidance to both the DOD, DOA and Senior Officers; however, it wouldn't be his call finalize anything, IMHO.

    Oh, and yes, he was quite a Airborne soldier!
  6. One of the first few CSM of the Army made the push to do away with unit head gear--for the life of me I can't remember where I read that bit of history. Obviously he couldn't do it himself but certainly had the influence to make it happen.