Colonel Dorsie D. Page Jr.
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Colonel Dorsie D. Page Jr.
Colonel Dorsie D. Page Jr.
Colonel Dorsie D. Page Jr. of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away at home in the company of his family, on 13 February, 2014. He was born January 9, 1935 in Gulf, Texas, which was located in Matagorda County.

He entered Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, part of the class of 1956. He then left school to join the Marine Corps on 22 February, 1955 as an officer and completed Aviation Flight School. Colonel Page served two tours in Vietnam, flying over 400 combat missions and was severely wounded by enemy fire. Among his military decorations are The Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, 32 Air Medals, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Ribbon. Colonel Page returned to Texas A&M to complete his degree, as well as providing military training for the Cadet ROTC program.

On 21 June, 1975, Col. Page assumed command of VMA-311, an A-4 Skyhawk Attack Squadron located at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Not long thereafter, the squadron was transferred to MCAS El Toro, California where Col. Page continued as Commanding Officer until 4 February, 1977. He later commanded Marine Aircraft Group 12 at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1980. Colonel Page retired from the Marine Corps at Headquarters Marine Corps on 31 May, 1985. His second Career was completed with the Boeing Company as the Senior Washington Representative for the Navy’s T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft, and other defense programs.

Colonel Page was a long time member of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was active in the choir as well as serving on the session. After an 11-year battle he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. Colonel Page remained an inspiration and comforting presence to his family throughout this difficult period.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dorsie Denton Page Sr. and mother, Hattie Patterson Page of Texas. Dorsie also lost his younger sister, Mariana Choate of Conroe, TX several years ago. Survivors include his wife, Glenna Rider Page; his son, Dorsie D Page III; daughter, Mariana Smith; son in law, Craig Smith; and granddaughter, Katie Arrington, all of Virginia. His living siblings are Betty Wilson of Van, Texas and Kathleen Janik of Gonzalez, Texas.
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