Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Navy 1
Commander 2
17 Jun 1936 2
17 May 1967 2

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Full Name:
Ronald Wayne Dodge 2
17 Jun 1936 2
Male 2
17 May 1967 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 30 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 17 May 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Captured 2
Hometown: San Diego, CA 2
Marital Status: Married 2

Vietnam War 1

Navy 1
Commander 2
Air Wing:
CVW-5 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
O5 2
Major Command:
7th Fleet 2
Navy 2
Engineer Equipment Officer (USMC) 2
VF-51 2
Task Force:
TF 77 2
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 14 2
Panel: 20E 2

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I toured through DC earlier this year and learned of Commander Dodge from my bus driver, a Vietnam veteran. I was born just as the last troops were pulling out of Vietnam. I know people who served during that conflict. However, these people never shared their experiences with me. It took a special guy by the name of "Bud" to explain and personalize the Vietnam Memorial for me. This connection came by means of the story of Commander Dodge. I am sorry for the loss of this fine aviator. I am greatful for the opportunity to learn about one of the 58,000 individuals who died while in the service of our nation. Learning more about Commander Dodge has helped me to better grasp a context of what Vietnam was like for those who were there. Thank you veterans for your service through all of our nation's conflicts

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Commander Ronald W Dodge I wore a POW braclet with your name on it for years back in the 70's. I didn't take it off until you were returned home. Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice for your country. God bless you and your family.

I just came across the bracelet I wore all through the late 60's and early 70's. The name on it is LCDR Ronald Dodge 5-17-67. I just looked him up and his name appears on the wall with this date. What a shame. I wish I had looked for him sooner. I prayed for him for many years. I hope he had accepted Christ as his Lord And Savior? May God bless his family with the gift of forgiveness. This was a war that should not have been. All God's love, Mary A Page in AZ

I was born in 1967 and growing up I always remember my mom wearing the POW bracelet for LCDR Ronald Dodge 5-17-1967. She wore it until she passed away in 1980. My sister has the bracelet and we were talking about it when I looked up the information and found that his remains were returned in 1981. What a brave and courageous man. I am proud that my mother honored him in that way.

LT Ronald W. Dodge was promoted to CDR while in a POW status.

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