Dales family first had a small dairy farm, then a logging business for thirty years in Oregon
After a couple years of college Dale served in the US Navy 1969-1975
Two tours in Vietnam
US Senator John McCain was a pilot who flew one of the aircraft above from the deck of the USS Oriskany-CVA34. He was shot down and spent six years as a POW.
One of the squadrons onboard consisted of F8-E Crusaders used for reconnisence. Of interest was one particular aircraft that had set a transcontinental speed record across the United States in the early sixties. It had been flown by none other than future astronaught, John Glen.
"I am very grateful to the U.S. Navy and the American people, for the privelege of serving my country. I was afforded a career trade (Electrician) and I got to see Asia, Hong-Kong, and even Africa. It was a joy to see and meet people from around the world like that."--Dale Rollins
Ironically it was those combat years that forced Dale to re-evaluate his own personal values, his Christian faith; and the values of America; including those of his own family and friends. He re-discovered his interest in music; it helped him cope actually. It happened when he heard positive and upbeat rock songs in a wonderful Classical sound and style. The songs were written mostly by Justin Hayward and the Moody Blues. It encouraged Dale so much that he got an accoustic guitar and started writing about what he knew and loved most; real people and places of the Pacific Northwest. The rest is history.
Lovely to see you again!
"I am embarrased to say that I never even said thank you to the artists that I admired most during some very difficult years. So, Thanks Guys!"--Dale Rollins