West Point, 1960
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by William M. Bransford, '74 on September 16, 2005:
As a lieutenant, I served with LTC Ira Dorsey in the 1st Battalion, 80th Field Artillery Regiment (Lance), in Aschaffenburg, Germany as his battalion fire direction officer and adjutant. I remember him not only as a superb commander, but also as a kind man, a true gentleman who led by example and was never too busy to teach subordinates. I recall that he was possessed of a marvelous judicial temperament and an equanimity in the face of adversity that stabilized our organization and kept us combat ready despite high personnel turbulence and restrictions on our fuel, parts, and money for training. Never one to rush to judgement, but always decisive and fair, LTC Dorsey was a man of exemplary integrity, and I was saddened to learn of his passing. To Evelyn, I know that I speak for all of us who served with you in Ira's battalion that we were honored to have known you both, that we think of you often, and that we remember you and Ira warmly as our leaders and as our friends.
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