Captain Dale Lasselle of Portland, Oregon served with the United States Army Air Force. He was a pilot in 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. Dale attended Grant High School and before enlisting, he was a football star. He played halfback for the Oregon Ducks between 1936-1939 at the University of Oregon.
Lasselle was commissioned at Randolph Field, Texas after training both there and Kelly Field, Texas. Once commissioned, he was posted to McDill Field, Tampa, Florida. While there, he met and married Jane Lea.
Dale Lasselle in the USAAF
Laselle died when the B17 Flying Fortress he was co-pilot onboard crashed on Slieveanorra, Co. Antrim on 3rd October 1942. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. SA Lasselle of 4757 NE Wasco Street, Portland, OR were notified of his death by army authorities. The short document provided no details of the accident involving the B17.
He was survived by his parents and wife as well as four brothers: Major Percy A Lasselle (Los Angeles), Elton Lasselle (Portland), Captain Herbert W Lasselle (Portland), Courtney D Lasselle (Portland). Percy served with the Chemical Warfare Division of the US Army and Herbert in the Transport Division. He also had a sister Mrs AP Olsen of Berkeley, CA and a grandmother Mrs Augusta Lasselle of Portland, OR.
Captain Lasselle was finally laid to rest in 1948, His grave is in Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland, Oregon.