Andrew Gerow Hodges, Sr

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Andrew Gerow Hodges, Sr

  • Birth 14 Jun 1918 Hartford, Geneva County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 13 Oct 2005 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 40061816

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
grandchildren.
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.
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http://youtu.be/aLGEJwGTobo



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  • Maintained by: Southerngal
  • Originally Created by: Brian Hodges
  • Added: 30 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40061816
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Gerow Hodges, Sr (14 Jun 1918–13 Oct 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40061816, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Southerngal (contributor 46941185) .