|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1918|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 2005|
World War II hero, trustee Hodges dead at age 87BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Andrew Gerow Hodges, who negotiated the release of dozens of Allied prisoners of war during World War II and went on to become a trustee of Samford University, died Thursday. He was 87. A native of Geneva, Hodges was declared unfit for military service during the war because of a shoulder injury. He joined the Red Cross instead and became senior field director for the 94th Infantry Division during Gen. George S. Patton's march through France. Hodges crossed German lines more than 14 times to negotiate the exchange of prisoners, resulting in the release of 149 POWs. "I've located about 20 of those prisoners and they're interested in him to this day," said Hobart Grooms Jr., producer of a documentary chronicling Hodges' efforts. "It was the only time during World War II that an exchange was negotiated by one person."
Hodges is survived by his wife, the
former Mary Louise Shirley; two sons, Dr.
Andrew Gerow Hodges, Jr., and Gregory R.
Hodges; six grandchildren and five great
Gerow was the son of Jessie T. Hodges and Leola Hayes, brother of Carlton and Herman Hodges.
See the Chapel named in the honor of Andrew Gerow Hodges.
Jesse Thomas Hodges (1888 - 1960)
Lee Ola Hayes Hodges (1892 - 1977)
Maintained by: Southerngal
Originally Created by: Brian Hodges
Record added: Jul 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40061816
Requiescat in pace, Gerow.|
Added: Oct. 18, 2013
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Gerow was my cousin on my Hodges side and a truly wonderful man. His father was Jesse Hodges memorial no, 40447779|
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