Dale played high school baseball for the West Linn Tigers, and was often written about in The Oregonian Sports section. Date of birth: 14 September 1947 Date tour began: 27 March 1967 Date of casualty: 19 May 1967 Home of record: West Linn, Oregon Branch and Rank: Army, Private First Class, Light Weapons Infantry Unit: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Squadron, 11th Cavalry, C Troop Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge Location of name on the Vietnam Wall: 20E, 50 Location of service: South Vietnam, Binh Duong province Died through hostile action - multiple fragmentation wounds.
Burial location: Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City, Oregon Memorials: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC), Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Portland), Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland)
The Oregonian, Saturday, May 9, 1964 WEST LINN (Special) – Gordy Kaufman scattered three hits and struck out 10 as West Linn toppled Tigard, 6-3, in a TYV League contest here Friday. Dale Tolbert collected two hits and drove in four runs for the Lions.
The Oregonian, Wednesday, May 19, 1965 West Linn TYV Champ: Lions in Playoffs, Nip Vikings, 1-0 Kaufman and Dugdale each struck out eight, but Kaufman walked none, while Dugdale allowed two base on balls. Only West Linn hits were singles by Dale Tolbert in the first and Dave Bloye in the sixth.
The Oregonian, Wednesday, May 24, 1967 2 Oregonians Die in Vietnam WASHINGTON (AP) – The deaths of two Oregon servicemen in Vietnam were announced by the Defense Department Tuesday night, bringing the state’s total since Jan. 1, 1961 to 115. They were Airman 2.C. Clifford L. Menzies Jr., son of Mrs. Margaret O. Mattoon, Eagle Creek, and Army Pfc. Dale W. Tolbert, son of Mrs. Maxine Tolbert, West Linn.
The Oregonian, May 29, 1967 TOLBERT – in Vietnam, May 19, PFC Dale W. Tolbert; late of West Linn; beloved son of Leslie and Mrs. Maxine Tolbert; brother of Jerry. Military services Wednesday, 1:30 pm, Chapel of HOLMAN-HANKINS-RILANCE, Oregon City.
Football Dale William Tolbert was known to his friends as Rusty. He was about 10 years older than me and took a liking to a little kid in the neighborhood. He made sure I got to run the ball in the touch football games we played on Buck street a lot of evenings and weekends. He had a younger brother named Jerry and they lived with his parents about four doors from my family. I remember all his relatives that were in town during his funeral. I seem to recall he wanted to join the Navy but his father had fought in a previous war, Korea or WWII and felt he should be Army. I still think of him often.