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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.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 16, 2011
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