June 1944

William Eugene “Buddy” Dodge, Gunner’s Mate 2/c n the Navy, was aboard the U.S.S. Lansdle which was sunk April 20 when attacked by Nazi torpedo bombers in the Mediterranean. He was in the sea five hours before being rescued. He suffered from flash blindness from the explosions and fire of battle. He was a patient in a military hospital in Algiers for two weeks. Buddy graduated from Marceline High School about five years ago.