Dodd, Francis T. (Francis Townsend), 1899-1973Alternative names
Francis Townsend Dodd (b. Oct. 5, 1899, Indiana-d. 1973), Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, a West Point graduate, served in World War II, earning several military decorations, and during the Korean War. In 1951 he became deputy chief of staff for the Eighth Army, and in Spring 1952 was held hostage by the Communist leaders of a prisoner-of-war camp for three days. His captors demanded an admission that UN forces had been responsible for bloodshed in the camps. General Dodd and General Charles F. Colson were criticized for handing a propaganda victory to the Communists, and Dodd was reduced in rank and forced to retire. Four years after his death, the Army officially restored Dodd's rank to brigadier general in an attempt to restore his reputation and correct the injustice of how he was treated.
From the description of Dodd, Francis T. (Francis Townsend), 1899-1973 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10597355