Glenn Dodge was born in October 1917, in Ogdensburg, New York. He attended college at Potsdam Normal School and graduated in 1937. Dodge became a teacher and taught students from first through eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse in Grindstone Island, New York, which is on the St. Lawrence River by the Canadian border. He continued teaching there until he joined the Army in 1941. Dodge served with C Company, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. After training, Dodge deployed to the European theater, where he specialized in reconnaissance. He once he led a reconnaissance party behind enemy lines and captured 18 Germans. During this mission, he was able to secure information about future operations as well as confiscate a significant number of German weapons.
One day during the Battle of the Bulge, he had taken cover in a trench as he encountered German fire. A shell ricocheted off a tree and hit his arm. The surgeon said he would never be able to bend his arm again. Fortunately, the doctor was wrong. As soon as Dodge healed, he went back to work. Despite all the danger he confronted during the war, in a September 2020 interview with WWNY-TV, he humbly said, “my experiences in World War II were just ordinary military experiences.” By the end of his active duty, he rose to the rank of first lieutenant.
When Dodge returned home, he joined the Army Reserve and resumed his teaching career. He never told his students he fought in the war, until years later when he realized the value of doing so. Dodge retired from the Army Reserve in 1967 at the rank of major and from teaching in 1973.
For years, Dodge has been active in his community of Chaumont, New York. He sets an example for others by working with organizations such as the Lyme Free Library, All Saints Church and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department created the “Glenn Dodge Community Service Award” to honor others who have followed his lead in serving the community. In 2019, the State of New York inducted him into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Dodge recently celebrated his 103rd birthday in October 2020.
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