Theo Jay Dance

28 Apr 1921 - 17 Feb 1981


Theo Jay Dance

28 Apr 1921 - 17 Feb 1981
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My great-grandfather Theo Jay Dance was born on April 28, 1921, and died on February 17, 1981. An interesting fact about his life that I have learned recently via an interview with my dad is that he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines
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Theo Jay Dance


Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


August 3, 2013


July 29, 2013

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Battle of Iwo Jima

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

My great-grandfather Theo Jay Dance was born on April 28, 1921, and died on February 17, 1981. An interesting fact about his life that I have learned recently via an interview with my dad is that he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. This battle took place from 19 February to 26 March 1945. My great-grandfather, Theo Jay Dance, was awarded the medal of honor for his service at Iwo Jima. His certificate for his bronze star medal, which he also earned, states: “When enemy artillery fire fell on the mortar position and ignited an ammunition dump containing high explosives and white phosphorous shells, Sergeant Dance voluntarily assisted four other men to extinguish the fire although well aware of the danger which might result from the burning ammunition. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” Many years after Theo’s death, his grandson and my father, Denton Dance, was called to serve a mission in Japan. Upon learning of his call, Theo’s wife La Nae told Denton, “Denton it’s so great that you’re going to go over there to teach and serve the people of Japan. Especially since your grandfather killed so many of them!”

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Theo Jay Dance was born on 28 Apr 1921
Theo Jay Dance was 10 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Theo Jay Dance was 24 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
Theo Jay Dance was 34 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Theo Jay Dance was 44 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
Theo Jay Dance was 52 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Theo Jay Dance died on 17 Feb 1981 at the age of 59
Grave record for Theo Jay Dance (28 Apr 1921 - 17 Feb 1981), BillionGraves Record 4635732 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States