M. Vance Dawkins Jr.
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DAWKINS, M. Vance, Jr. Captain M. Vance Dawkins, Jr.,91, of Dunwoody, GA was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina on April 15, 1920. He graduated from Wake Forest University, earned a Masters degree from George Washington University, attended the General Line School in Monterey, CA, the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and the Industrial College of the Armed forces in Washington D.C. He was designated a Naval Aviator upon completion of flight training in 1942 and attached to Patrol Squadron Eighty-Three during WWII. During this tour he was credited with sinking two German submarines. Captain Dawkins was assigned to the USS Randolph were he served as Air Operation Officer, Operations Officer and Air Officer. In 1961 he reported aboard the attack carrier Saratoga (CVA-60) as Executive Officer. Following this assignment he served two years as Chief of the Operations Division, Defense Atomic Support Agency. He has also served on the Staffs of the Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, the of Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. In 1965 Captain Dawkins assumed the tri-command as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Station, Commander Fleet Air Bermuda, and Commander Bermuda Anti-Submarine Warfare Sector. Two years later he assumed command of Naval Air Station Alameda, where he was personally commended by Vice President Humphrey for organizing the "most outstanding Youth Opportunity Program of its kind in the Federal Government". His last assignment was as Commander Fleet Air Alameda. He retired in 1972 and joined Unitron International, based in Atlanta, as vice president. He was a long-time member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco. His awards include: The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and The Brazilian Order of the Southern Cross. Captain Dawkins died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on September 13th. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years Jean Dawkins, formerly of Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his children: John Dawkins and Marianne Brazzell of Dunwoody,GA; Eileen Leonard of San Diego, CA; Donna Dawkins and Vance Dawkins III of Las Vegas, NV; Celeste Ivey and Monica Snee of Virginia Beach, VA; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Louise Medlin of Sumpter, SC and his brother Rev. Reginald Dawkins of Shelby, NC. The funeral mass will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs on Saturday September 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment/burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul. CAPTAIN M. VANCE DAWKINS, JR.

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September 9, 2012
I am so sad to find this so very late, but no one told us. Uncle Vance was very special to all the Turbevilles, I know Daddy and Uncle Vance are having a very big time together in Heaven!
Denise Turbeville Barker
June 1, 2012
To the family of Mr.Vance Dawkins.My most heart felt condolences and love go out for you.I had great respect for your dad and liked him very well. I knew and warmly remember many of you . I have been flooded with so many memories of good times growing up and hanging around one Dawkins' kid or another. I know the hurt of a loosing parent and truly hope the healing has overtaken your loss.
Doug Jones
April 14, 2012
omg, thats why i kept calling 770394 3504 and the phone is not working.i was skeptical at first but to search,because i dont want to hear that you passed away.CAPTAIN as i always call you and the smile i get from you in response was priceless.i missed you so very much. my condolense to the dawkins family.he was a great man, a very genorous man.he was very patriotic and he loved his country.i remembered anytime we went to his house, he will show me all those awards and pictures with past presidents a nd will explain how he sanked those submarine during war time. i surely missed you CAPTAIN DAWKINS MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE.
September 28, 2011
May God strengthen you during your time of sorrow. Isaiah 12:2.
Bob L.
September 23, 2011
Michael Klimshuk
September 19, 2011
my Salute! Captain Dawkins, for Your dedicated Naval Service and the sacrifices You endured during Your Naval Career, which included war-time activities in the protection of the Freedom and Safety of our Great Country. Rest Your Oars, Sir .. we have the watch. Fair winds and following seas.
~ from a grateful Veteran,
vietnam 1968-69
Charles Orr, Chief Warrant Officer, W-3
United States Navy, Retired
for Monica and Family .. Please accept our Sincere condolences and prayers for Your loss. I realize that words alone seem empty and do Not convey Any meaningful sentiment for the loss of a Loved one. True remembrance comes in the form of Celebrating his Life .. Good times and bad, the laughter, and tears, and the 'little things' that he did for or to each of You, and that made it Memorable over All the years of his Life.

God Bless,
Chuck Orr
September 16, 2011
My love and prayers go out to all of the family; my second family. Your Dad was a wonderful man and you are all blessed because of him. I have wonderful memories of his smile and kindness. May he rest in peace with his bride and walk with the Lord.
Stacey Estes
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