Dodson, John Larry, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
68B-Aircraft Powerplant Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 68B, 1st Aviation Brigade/12th Combat Aviation Group
Service Years
1962 - 1966

Specialist 5

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One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cincinnati, OH
Last Address
Cincinnati, OH

Casualty Date
Jul 22, 1966
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Spring Grove Cemetery - Cincinnati, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 056

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments
Transportation Units11th Aviation Battalion147th Aviation Company (AHC)1st Aviation Brigade
  1965-1966, 68B, 171st Transportation Det (Cargo Helicopter Field Maint)
  1965-1966, 68B, 11th Aviation Battalion/HHC
  1965-1966, 68B, 147th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1965-1966, 68B, 1st Aviation Brigade/12th Combat Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the night of July 14, 1966, an ARVN private named Huynh Van Tri tossed a grenade onto a patio frequented by American servicemen in Vung Tau. Eleven Americans were injured, and SP5 David L. Cox Jr. and SP5 John L. Dodson eventually died of their wounds. When Vietnamese authorities arrested Tri several days later, he admitted his crime, claiming that several GIs had beaten him several days earlier and that he had thrown the grenade in retaliation. [Taken from the book Fragging by George Lepre]. He died of his wounds in a hospital in Tachikawa, Japan.

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