Dallas Paige Egelston was born on March 14, 1922 in Atwood, Kansas. He and his family migrated to California in the 1930s. In the early 1940s he worked for Paramount studios painting
the backdrops for movie scenes.
Mr. Egelston was aboard the USS Marblehead when it was attacked on February 4, 1942. He suffered shell shock as a result of the battle. This caused him problems for many
Mr. Egelston's brother, Douglas, was aboard the USS Houston during the battle. He was not injured during the battle, but was
later aboard the USS Houston when it was sunk in the Battle of Java sea. He spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese working in various POW camps across Asia.
After the war, Mr. Egelston
worked as a chef at numerous restaurants and resorts. In the 1980s he owned a hotel in Jackson, California. He was also instrumental in establishing Alcoholics Anonymous chapters throughout the United States.
Mr. Egelston died January 19, 1995.