CHAPLAIN - Dane Williams
Dane Williams is a Charter member of the Ellis County Detachment 1452 of the Marine Corps League Inc. He has been truly dedicated to the cause of the Detachment and has always been there when a need was identified. He continually prays for the Detachment and its members and goes above and beyond to visit with member's families while they are in the hospital. His dedication to our success has been a tremendous asset. We would be hard pressed to find a better Chaplain than we have in Chaplain Williams.
"The last of May 1968 I went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Ennis, Texas as a Brakeman. That following November I received a letter from the government to report to Dallas, Texas at the Armed Forces induction center on Jefferson Street for my P2 physical examination as I was being drafted into the armed forces.
At that time I thought I would be drafted into the U.S. Army like my big brother served in. To my surprise I was one of 5 of some 30 Ellis County draftees that was going into the United States Marine Corps. In fact, the whole series going through Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California were all draftees. This was due to the increasing number of soldiers in Vietnam after the 1968 TET Offensive. Most every Marine that graduated out of my Platoon 3338 received Westpac orders to Vietnam. My Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was an Infantryman (0311). I arrived in Vietnam in June of 1969 and served 12 months in combat before being rotated back in June of 1970 to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. At this time, due to the fact that so many Infantry draftees were rotating back, the Marine Corps had no place for us to serve out our remaining six months on Active Duty. So, they added that six months to my four years of inactive reserve to complete my six year obligation to my Country. I then returned home and went back to work for the Railroad, retiring in August of 2008, completing 40 years as a Southern Pacific (SP), Amtrak, and Union Pacific (UP) Railroad Conductor.
Now this old Ellis County Marine Corps draftee now is proudly as an Ellis County Marine Corps League member. There were many billets to fill in our Detachment. I told our Commandant, Robert Bell, that I would volunteer for the position of Detachment Chaplain. It never ceases to amaze me how our Heavenly Father takes care of the ones that love him. Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas is the only Church that I’ve ever been a member of. You see it wasn’t just a coincidence that Pastor Todd had given a sermon to glorify God more than you ever have before in your life. This sermon touched my heart deeply. I talked to Pastor Todd and he said his door would always be open for any advice and help concerning my duties as Chaplain. My wife and I teach a four year old Sunday school class and we just started our 33rd year. I was a referee for nine years for Upward Basketball that’s held at our Church. Susan and I have always loved teaching children the Bible and the love that Jesus has for them. It is an honor for me to serve the Lord as Chaplain of the Ellis County Detachment of the Marine Corps League."
Love Like Christ,
Chaplain Dane Williams