September 27th, 2015 by xformed
Table of contents for From the Desk of Col Dodenhoff
- From the Desk of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 6
- From the Desk Of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 1
- From the Desk Of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 2
- From the Desk of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 3
- From the Desk of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 4
- From the Desk of Col George Dodenhoff, USMC – Part 5
Subtitle: Gear issue
I do not have any indication of the date of the picture, but judging from the flight gear (the headgear in particular), it would be pre-Korean War era, since hard style helmets were in place during those times based on my research. The plane is a Corsair airframe of some sort, of which his logs showed, across the many hours, both the F4U and FG-1 models, which would appear the same in this view.
From his DD 214: Born in Brooklyn, NY on 2February 28th, 1923, George also was claiming residence when he was commissioned in the Marines on June 1st, 1944, showing that as his home of record. I don’t have a record of his date of actual entry into service, but he must have been in an aviation cadet program of some sort, as you will see in his logbook as we explore his history. Other service noted was 1 year, 5 months, 23 days for his total service time. That would put him enlisting for his service on December 9th, 1942. He was 19 years old when he raised his right hand and took his oath of office for military service.
Opening the logbook, the first page is the record of equipment issued:
Note in the picture of the equipment issued, the rank of “A/Co” seems to be scribbled through and “2ndLT” written next to it. Equipment appears to be mostly issued ar Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX on June 2nd, 1943 under the signature stamp of CAPT J.M. Easter (SC). That date aligns with the next important event in the retelling of the history of Dode.
A connected bit of history from the NAS Corpus Christi wikipedia page is George was on the base at the same time President George H.W. Bush was graduating from his fight training in June 1943.
Next stop: First flight!