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Rep. Miller honors deceased WW II vet Dodt

by Candice Miller on October 14, 2014

In the closing stages of World War II, the late William Dodt, a native Detroiter, served with the U.S. Army’s 13th Armored Division, a tank-recovery unit that would help repair tanks damaged in combat.



Beginning in the first week of April 1945, Dodt’s unit engaged in battle in the Ruhr Valley, the industrial heartland of Germany and a vital objective for the Allies to destroy the ability of Germany to wage war.



“The battle for the Ruhr was the most important and most deadly that the 13th Armored Division would engage during the war,” U.S. Rep. Candice Miller said this week.

“They faced determined German opposition hoping to make one last stand. During this intense battle is when Dodt truly made his mark in defense of freedom.”

Miller met this week with Dodt’s surviving family members to present them a Bronze Star and Medal of Occupation earned by the deceased World War II veteran.



Dodt, a resident of Sterling Heights at the time of his death in 1991, was drafted in 1942 at age 31 while working at a factory in Detroit making aircraft engines for a Chrysler subsidiary.



Among the medals he received for his service included the American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal and the Purple Hea

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