Chris Dodson was born March 11, 1899 in Missouri. He was the oldest of six children born to David and Amelia Dodson.
Pvt. Dodson was part of the 3rd Missouri Infantry that was federalized and became part of the 140th Infantry. The book, "From Doniphan to Verdun" published in 1920 is the history of the 140th Infantry in WW1 and gives a complete roster that includes Dodson, including the fact that he was cited in orders.
Pvt. Dodson was cited in G.O. 71 of the 35th Division as follows: "while acting in the capacity of a company runner, during the action, he succeeded in establishing communications with his company headquarters, in spite of very heavy shell fire in the path he had to take." A copy of the award card is part of the group.
Pvt. Dodson's WW1 group includes his officially engraved Bailey, Banks and Biddle Silver Star, awarded April 13, 1939 and edge numbered 10612, with 2 ribbon bars and lapel pin, officially engraved BBB Purple Heart, edge numbered 9858 with 2 ribbon bars and lapel pin, WW1 Victory medal with 3 bars and ribbon bar with 3 stars, and American Legion pins. Also included is a WW2 Victory medal and ribbon bar, and European Campaign medal and bar. Pvt. Dodson's WW2 service record has not been located. As of March, 2014 this group has moved on to another collector.