Honoring Bert Doddsby Representative Todd C. Young
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. YOUNG of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, today we honor Bert Dodds for his
service to the United States Navy and to his country.
A Hospital Corpsman, Dodds was a medical professional attached to the 1st Platoon, 2nd Combined Action Group, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from November 1967 through November 1968. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Dodds provided medical expertise to Vietnamese orphans and various local villages. On November 4, 1967, while on patrol with his detachment, a booby trap exploded on a nearby rice paddy dike and injured Dodds' leg and head.
In spite of his injuries, Dodds continued to treat the Marines in his detachment until a medical evacuation was arranged. Dodds' heroism earned him, among other awards, a Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation, a Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
Dodds' drive for selfless service continued beyond his tenure in the Navy. After his homecoming, Dodds lectured at the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and served as a medical corpsman during a massive peace march in Washington, DC, in which hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converged on the Capitol to protest the Vietnam War.
Today, Dodds' heart for his community is reflected by his volunteerism. He visited local grade schools on Veterans Day to teach the children about proper flag etiquette. In conjunction with the Marine Corps League, he has visited numerous veterans in a VA hospital and local nursing homes.
He is an active member of the Marine Corps League Morgan County Detachment #1367 and was elected Commandant in April 2015. Earlier this year, Dodds organized a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the American Legion in Martinsville.
It is a privilege to award Bert Dodds with Congressional Commendation, and ensure his story is preserved for future generations.