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Tyrone T. Dancy

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
(Ret.) U.S. Combat Veteran
Deacon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Keep praying until it comes about.

Birthplace

Born:
11/14/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
(Ret.) U.S. Combat Veteran
Deacon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Keep praying until it comes about.

Birthplace

Born:
11/14/1947
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

U.S. Army soldier Tyrone T. Dancy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dancy was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and went on to serve in the Vietnam War with the 199th light infantry brigade. Following a brief tour of duty, Dancy returned to the United States and continued his education. He graduated from Pierce Junior College with his A.A. degree in arts and humanities and then enrolled at LaSalle University where he received his B.A. degree in sociology and psychology in 2005, and his M.A. degree in communications in 2007.

In April of 1977, Dancy began his career with the State Labor Department of Pennsylvania as a disabled veteran’s outreach program specialist. Throughout his twenty-five year career, he has provided employment assistance and guidance to thousands of veterans. In 1990, Dancy worked as a local veteran’s employment representative. He then served as a veteran’s program function supervisor for twelve years before retiring on November 22, 2002. Dancy also served for a short time as the chairperson of the Pennsylvania International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES) Veterans Committee as well as the vice chairperson of the IAPES National Veterans Committee.

Throughout the early 1990s, Dancy wrote a bi-weekly column entitled, “On Point” for the Philadelphia Leader. This led him to write and self-publish the book, Serving Under Adverse Conditions, which discloses the struggles of Vietnam veterans. Dancy went on to co-produce, “Letters from the Attic,” a play about African American war veterans. Dancy also serves as host and producer of the Veterans Hour Radio Program on WDAS-AM 1480 in Philadelphia.

Dancy has been honored by numerous civic organizations for his work on behalf of veterans. He received the Dean K. Phillips Award from the National Veterans Training Institute as well as an award from the National Office of Vietnam Veterans of America for his leadership in the passage of legislation for a Veterans Bill of Rights in the State of Pennsylvania. Dancy was presented with a Senatorial Citation in 1994 from Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz of Pennsylvania for his leadership on veterans issues. Dancy’s military honors include the Bronze Star for Heroism with the “V” for Valor, the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Tyrone T. Dancy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 03/25/2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tyrone Dancy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tyrone Dancy lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tyrone Dancy describes his mother's family background pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tyrone Dancy describes his mother's family background pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tyrone Dancy describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tyrone Dancy talks about his father's career in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tyrone Dancy describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tyrone Dancy discusses his relationship with his father, which parent he takes after, and his four siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tyrone Dancy describes his relationship with his siblings and his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tyrone Dancy lists his siblings' birth dates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tyrone Dancy describes his growing up in Pennsylvania pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tyrone Dancy describes his growing up in Pennsylvania pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tyrone Dancy remembers the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tyrone Dancy talks about his experience in elementary and junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tyrone Dancy talks about working in a grocery store and his junior high school shop class
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tyrone Dancy recalls being a sharp dresser and an average student in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tyrone Dancy describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tyrone Dancy describes his high school experiences and his part-time job working at a shoe store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tyrone Dancy describes the church of his youth and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tyrone Dancy talks about vocational school and being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tyrone Dancy describes his basic training at Fort Bragg and his advanced training at Fort McClellan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tyrone Dancy talks about his military duty in Vietnam in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tyrone Dancy talks about his assignment to the 199th Infantry Brigade and training in Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tyrone Dancy describes his first mission in My Lai, Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tyrone Dancy describes his experience in combat during the Vietnam War and being injured by a rocket attack
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tyrone Dancy describes his injuries from the rocket attack pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tyrone Dancy describes his injuries from the rocket attack pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tyrone Dancy discusses his transfer from the battlefield to the hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tyrone Dancy describes recovering from injuries from the Vietnam battlefield pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tyrone Dancy describes recovering from injuries from the Vietnam battlefield pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tyrone Dancy discusses his assignment to clerical duty following injuries he sustained in Vietnam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tyrone Dancy talks about being medically discharged from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tyrone Dancy discusses the medals he received for his service in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tyrone Dancy talks about friends who died in Vietnam and transitioning into civilian life