Sgt. Philip A. Dodson Jr.
  • Date of passing: Dec 5, 2005
Let the memory of Sgt. Philip be with us forever

42, of Forsyth, Ga.; assigned to the 148th Forward Support Battalion, 48th Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, Forsyth, Ga.; died Dec. 2 of injuries sustained earlier that day when his truck accidentally rolled over at Tallil Air Base, Iraq. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Philip L. Travis and Spc. Marcus S. Futrell. Hundreds pay tribute to killed soldier Associated Press FORSYTH, Ga. — Hundreds paid tribute on Saturday to Sgt. Philip Allan Dodson Jr., who died this month in Iraq in a vehicle accident. Dodson, 42, a corrections officer who was serving in the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade, died Dec. 2 when his Humvee overturned while in a military convoy. Spc. Marcus S. Futrell, 20, of Macon, and Staff Sgt. Philip L. Travis, 41, of Snellville, also died in the accident. Chaplain Rod Callahan, shared memories of his former co-worker, who was dubbed “rabbitman” for his love of hunting and known as a wily practical joker who once put rocks in a lieutenant’s hubcaps. While he liked to pull pranks, friends and family said Dodson was serious about his commitment to serving others. One day, a young Dodson came home from school without his shirt. He had given his to someone whose shirt had been ripped off, he told his mother. “He had a reputation of helping other people,” Callahan said. In Iraq, Dodson was responsible for repairing generators, but he had volunteered to be a machine gunner on convoys three days a week, said his father, Phil Dodson Sr. “My son was a very gung-ho person,” Dodson Sr. said. “He would get up on his foot locker to recite the soldiers’ creed and wake up the young guys.” Dodson leaves a wife, Melissa, and a daughter, Allison, who turned 16 in August — the last time her father was home for a two-week visit. Callahan read a statement from Dodson’s wife, Melissa, to the crowd of hundreds in the packed auditorium. “If it wasn’t for men like him, we wouldn’t have the freedom we have,” his wife wrote. “He believed in what they were doing in Iraq. He felt like it was his duty.” He loved fishing, spending time with his family and friends, hunting. He spent as much time with his daughter as possible.

All Medals Received Bronze Star, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Condut Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Overseas Service Medal,Global War on Terrorism Medal,Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces reserve medal, National defense service medal,ArmyService Ribbon Rifle expert medal and miniature combat action badge.


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