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Col Townsend Foster Dodd

Col Townsend Foster Dodd

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 5 Oct 1919 (aged 33)
Bustleton, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site Lot 4062
Memorial ID 57195229 · View Source
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Townsend Foster Dodd was one of this country's first combat aviators trained by the War Department during World War One. Initially appointed in 1909 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps, he reached the rank of Colonel prior to his death in 1919 and was the first U.S. aviator to receive the Distinguished Service Medal. Townsend served proudly with Eddie Rickenbacker and General John J. Pershing as a member of the historical American Expeditionary Forces. In 1914, he was awarded the Mackay Trophy, which was given by the War Department for the most meritorious flight of the year.
Born and raised in Illinois, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1907 with a degree in Engineering. Townsend not only served bravely during the war, but later became instrumental in pioneering U.S. aviation through his participation in experimental work and aircraft design. While serving as Commander of Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia, in 1919, he was tragically killed in a plane crash.
An Army airfield at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas,was ordered in 1928 by War Department General Order Number 5 to be renamed as Dodd Army Airfield in honor of the aviator.


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  • Maintained by: Steve Bear
  • Originally Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 17 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57195229
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Townsend Foster Dodd (6 Mar 1886–5 Oct 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57195229, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Steve Bear (contributor 47746695) .