At 102, veteran recalls World War II service
CHAUMONT, N.Y. (WWNY) - For one veteran living in Chaumont, sneaking behind enemy lines during World War II was just another day on the job.
With a laugh and a smile, retired Army Maj. Glenn Dodge can tell you about his time in the military.
“It seems to me, that I remember every blessin,' bloomin' step I took in the snow and the cold and the mud,” he said.
Dodge says that positive disposition has helped him reach 102 years old.
But it would be hard to call his military career a walk in the park.
In 1944, Dodge says he was sent to fight in World War II as a member of the 84th Infantry Division.
His job was reconnaissance.
“You sneak out amongst the enemy forces and find out where their points are and come back,” Dodge said, “and say now these points we’ve got to avoid or take out. It’s not easy.”>
Dodge says it was a dangerous job and getting information sometimes took extreme measures.
“If you ought to capture some of the enemy to gain intelligence, well you have a combat patrol. Usually, I had four guys with me.”
Dodge was also at the Battle of the Bulge, which Winston Churchill called the greatest American battle of the war.
But Dodge doesn’t appear to put his experiences above any other military member’s.
“My experiences in World War II were just ordinary military experiences, and nothing special for other people,” he said.
Retired Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Bob Kasulke says he met Dodge a few weeks ago.
And after learning his story, Kasulke says he’s drawn to Dodge’s mentality.
“It’s not like, ‘hey, look what I did,’” Kasulke said. “It’s just, ‘I did it. I was ordered to do it and I did it.’ And it’s just, to me personally, it’s an amazing and rare experience to meet folks like him.”
To honor Dodge’s career, Kasulke has gifted him a coin, which he says is an award recognizing a soldier who has gone above and beyond during their service.
“The recipient really knows that they’ve done something better than average,” Kasulke said.
Dodge says he appreciates Kasulke’s gesture.
“It makes me proud to know him,” Dodge said.
As Dodge approaches his 103rd birthday next month, he has a new addition to a storied military career.
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