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CDR Ronald Wayne Dodge

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CDR Ronald Wayne Dodge

  • Birth 17 Jun 1936 Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
  • Death 17 May 1967 Tien Giang, Vietnam
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 23 Site 22520
  • Memorial ID 11074745

Family to attend services Friday for Olympia flier
Fourteen years after they last saw him, most members of the family of Navy Cmdr. Ronald W. Dodge, an Olympia man shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, will be in attendance for his funeral. Services will be Friday at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D. C.
On Tuesday, the Defense Department identified Dodge as one of three U. S. fliers whose remains recently were received by the government from Vietnam
All three had been declared dead by the armed services after boards investigated available information of their fate.
Dodge's mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. James King of Olympia said yesterday that they would be in Arlington along with Dodge's sister, Mrs. Tod (Judy) Davidson, also of Olympia.
Dodge's widow, Janice, will be joined in Washington by the dead flier's two children, Brad 17, and Wendy, 20. Mrs. Dodge, long active in the POW-MIA recovery effort was in Washington Tuesday when it was announced that one of the bodies returned by North Vietnam was that of her husband.
Brad, a San Diego high school student, and Wendy, who took final exams Tuesday at San Diego State University, where she is a business major, had arranged to fly together to Washington for their father's funeral.
The Dodges moved to San Diego in 1966 when Cmdr. Dodge was transferred to Miramar Naval Air Station.
The remains of Dodge and two other Americans were turned over to a U. S. delegation in Hanoi 7 Jul during a visit by the U. S. team in connection with periodic efforts to stimulate Vietnamese searches for the bodies of Americans unaccounted for since the end of the war in Southeast Asia more than eight years ago
Identification followed examination at a military laboratory in Ha.
Lt. Col. Joe Harvey, who headed the team that visited Hanoi, told reporters last week that "some personal effects" apparently belonging to the dead airmen had been provided along with the remains. The Associated Press (Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 22 Jul 1981 )

(MIA Report extracted from Ronald Wayne Dodge was born 17 Jun 1936. His town of Record is San Diego CA. He is honored on the Washington State Vietnam Memorial In Olympia. He graduated from Olympia High School, Olympia WA. On 17 May 1967, Lt. Dodge (he was promoted to CDR during captivity) was the pilot of an F8E assigned to a combat mission over North Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down approximately 20 miles NW of Vinh in Nghe An Prov. He parachuted safely to the ground and established radio contact with his wingman. During one transmission he said he was heading for the hills and during another he said he was surrounded by North Vietnames forces and was going to "break up" his radio. One fellow pilot saw Dodge being captured. The 18 May 1967 editon of the Nhan Dan newspaper described Lt. Dodge's aircraft being shot down and his capture. Radio Hanoi announced the downing of Lt. Dodge's aircraft and his capture. A photo in the Paris newspaper Match in Sep 1967 showed a captured US pilot positively identified as Lt. Dodge. But when the American POWs were released in 1973, Lt. Ron Dodge was not among them and the Vietnamese denied any knowledge of him. In 1981, his remains were "discovered" by the Vietnamese Gov. and returned to the U. S.
Much more information available at P.O.W. Network. Org

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Ronald Wayne Dodge (17 Jun 1936–17 May 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11074745, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Evan & Jeannine (contributor 46550936) .