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Freedom Fighters: John Dodd

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By Joan Hallmark

During his twenty years in the U.S. Navy, John Dodd fought in three wars: World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, and rose to the rank of chief petty officer, a rank rarely achieved by African Americans during that time.

But at 7:55 a.m. On December 7,1941, Dodd was aboard the U.S.'S Maryland on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The reason Dodd was in the brig that morning was because as a 2nd class mess hall officer, Dodd had been in an altercation over the steak served in the white officers mess, while the fat trimmnigs were served in the African American mess hall.

And of course they didn't send him home that day as planned, because December 7th is the day of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War Two for America.

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