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Col Ward Kent “Schoolboy/Kent” Dodge

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Col Ward Kent “Schoolboy/Kent” Dodge

  • Birth 14 Mar 1929 Dighton, Lane County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 1967 Vietnam
  • Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot 003 D 038
  • Memorial ID 17906700

In loving memory of... Col. Ward Kent Dodge.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

WARD KENT DODGE - Air Force - COL - O6
Age: 38
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Mar 14, 1929
County of Record: LANE COUNTY
Marital Status: Married - wife - Mary Dewetta Dozier Dodge. Daughters, Brenda Sue Dodge, Born Oct. 16, 1955 in Grayson Co.,Tx. Also, daughter, Carol Ann Dodge Born Oct. 17, 1958 in Grayson Co.,Tx. Parents: Gilbert Ray Dodge born in Kansas on Feb. 7, 1893 and Died Oct. 14, 1985 and Nora Helen Thon Dodge born in Kansas on May 12, 1894 and Died Nov. 7, 1974. Brother's: Darald A. Dodge, Theadore Orice Dodge, Gilbert R. Dodge and Hale A. Dodge all born in Kansas.

***** To all bracelet wearers!
We the family of Ward Kent Dodge want to say a heartfelt thank you to every one of you! His wife Mary & daughters Brenda & Carol hold you all in high regard for your faithfulness to keep his memory alive. We had a few bracelet wearers track us down over the years and really appreciated their kind words. I know that mom would love to hear from more of you. She does not own nor operate a computer but anything you send to me I will compile in a gift book for her. I think hearing from some of you would really bless her. She never remarried and keeps dad's memory alive in her home.
Brenda (Dodge) Russell
He is my father

***** Heather Neal - Grand Daughter
Looking forward to the day, we finally get to meet.

***** With all my deep respects.I'm a french soldier, and wearing his bracelet since over 20 years old now. You are not forgotten.Olivier GANDAR
GANDAR Olivier
Added: May. 13, 2014

***** "United States Census"
Name: Ward Kent Dodge
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Dighton, Dighton Township, Lane, Kansas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 11
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Kansas
Birth Year: 1929
Last Place of Residence: Same House

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Gilbert Ray Dodge M 47 Kansas
Wife Nora Dodge F 45 Kansas
Son Darald A Dodge M 22 Kansas
Son Theadore Orice Dodge M 21 Kansas
Son Gilbert R Dodge M 20 Kansas
Son Hale A Dodge M 15 Kansas
. . . * Son Ward Kent Dodge M 11 Kansas

COL - O6 - Air Force - Regular
His tour began on Mar 9, 1967
Casualty was on Jul 12, 1967
Hostile, died captured, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was recovered
Panel 23E - Line 13


Maj., Ward Dodge, was the pilot of an F-105D hit by AAA.

On 5, July 1967, while attacking, the Vu Chua, railroad yard in RP-6A North Vietnam he was hit by AAA.

He was captured by the North Vietnamese, but died, in captivity.

He was a member of the 357 TFS., from Takhli, RTAB., Thailand.

From: Uj77
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 14:48:42 EDT
Subject: Re: F-105 pilot Ward Kent Dodge, POW
Just for information purposes here is a little more on Maj. Dodge:
He was flying an F-105D, s/n 61-0042 when he was shot down. He belonged to the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Takhli, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB) in Thailand.

An account on his last flight:
"As one formation of Thuds was hitting the Cao Nung Bridge,
another group was bombing the railway yard at Vu Chua a few miles to the southeast. Just as Maj. Dodge was about to roll in from 15,000 feet to bomb the target, his aircraft was hit by an 85mm anti-aircraft shell. After a
brief struggle to regain control, he was forced to eject close to the target.

Ward Dodge is known to have been captured but he apparently died of unknown causes in a prison camp about a week after he was shot down."

{from the book: "Vietnam Air Losses: USAF, Navy, and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Losses in SE Asia 1961-1973" The author is Chris Hodson and the publisher is Midland Publishing, published 2001.}

He went to Kansas State College and was in the R.O.T.C. program. He entered pilot training as a student officer and was assigned to Pilot Training Class 52-F (Fox) where he graduated from Webb AFB, Texas on September 13, 1952
earning his silver wings.

He was given the nickname "schoolboy" by his classmates at Webb. He, along with my uncle and others from Webb who got to fly fighters after graduating, were in what was called the "pipeline" to Korea and were sent to Nellis AFB for combat crew training. He was eventually sent to Suwon AB at Suwon, Korea, known as K-13 and assigned to the 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing in early 1953. After going through orientation training in the Replacement Training Unit (RTU) for new replacement pilots, He, along with my uncle and several others, were assigned to the 36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, known as the "Flying Fiends" and got to fly new F-86F Sabres in the air-to-ground role although they were able to go after MiGs if the need came up.

The 51st FIW across the base had the role of interceptor work, where the top ace of Korea, Joe McConnell, was stationed. The 36th FBS set a one-day sorties record on 15 June 1953 by getting 121 for that day. That record has yet to be broken. Unfortunately, my uncle was shot down by AA on 19 June 1953 while strafing trucks in North Korea and was listed as MIA, but others in the squadron continued their careers after the war including Dodge.

I included a few scanned pictures of Ward Dodge from the 52-F yearbook and a 36th FBS squadron picture with him in the third row, second from left. Also, a B&W picture that my uncle took of Dodge outside the 36th FBS Ops building
in 1953. Even though the pictures are 14 years earlier than when he went down, they will put a face with the name.
BYW, Elmo C. Baker, who was in Ward Dodge's squadron was shot down a month after Ward and became a POW for six years.


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  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: HEE
  • Added: 12 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17906700
  • Eddieb
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Ward Kent “Schoolboy/Kent” Dodge (14 Mar 1929–12 Jul 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17906700, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .