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Robert Wagner "Wag" Dodge
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1915
Hiawatha
Schoolcraft County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1955
Missoula
Missoula County
Montana, USA

Smokejumper, US Forest Service; crew chief on the Mann Gulch Fire of August 5, 1949. He was able to save himself by lighting a small grass fire ahead of the main fire which was racing up the hillside toward the smokejumper team. He then lay face down in the ashes of the area he'd burned as the main fire divided itself and bypassed him. Most of his crew was either unable or unwilling to follow his lead; 13 firefighters died, only two others besides Dodge survived.

The story of the fire and its aftermath is told in Norman MacLean's book Young Men and Fire (1992). James Keelaghan's song "Cold Missouri Waters" (2004) tells the story of the fire from a dying Dodge's point of view. The film Red Skies of Montana (1952) stars Richard Widmark as a character loosely based on Dodge.

Cause of death: non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Robert Nelson Dodge (1872 - 1943)
  Mary Ellen Lillard Dodge (1885 - 1960)
 
 Siblings:
  George G. Dodge (1910 - 1958)*
  Isobel Violet Dodge Rasmussen (1912 - 1995)*
  Clarence Wayland Dodge (1914 - 2007)*
  Robert Wagner Dodge (1915 - 1955)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over one of his favorite fishing lakes in Idaho.
 
Created by: Doc Wilson
Record added: Jul 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73726895
Robert Wagner Wag Dodge
Added by: Doc Wilson
 
 
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Dearest Dodge, thank you for your brave efforts in trying to save your fellow smoke jumpers' lives. God rest your soul, sir. Love always,
- Patty Gentry
 Added: May. 19, 2016

- Dee
 Added: Feb. 9, 2016
Thank You, Sir
- yellow bird
 Added: Jan. 31, 2016
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