Anthony Dodge was born on March 19, 1938, in North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 23, 1956, completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in March 1956, and completed Advanced Individual Training as an Artillery Fire Control Crewman at Fort Bliss, Texas, in June 1956. His first assignment was as an Artillery Fire Control Crewman with Battery B, 550th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Norfolk, Virginia, from June to November 1956, followed by service as a Radar Operator and Ammo Handler with Battery C, 25th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in West Germany from November 1956 to September 1958. Sgt Dodge next served as a Fire Control Helper with Battery C, 4th Missile Battalion of the 6th Artillery Regiment in West Germany from September 1958 to August 1959, and then as a Fire Control Operator with Battery C, 3rd Missile Battalion of the 562nd Artillery Regiment at La Plata, Maryland, from August 1959 to September 1961. He served as a Radar Operator with the 502nd Airborne Company of the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, from September 1961 to January 1963, followed by service as a Radar Operator with 1st Brigade of the 7th Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam from January to July 1963. Sgt Dodge next served as a Radar Operator with the 15th Aviation Company in South Vietnam from July 1963 to February 1964, and then as a Drone Aircraft Operator with Company G (CET) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, from February 1964 to June 1965. After completing Airborne School, Special Forces training, and Intelligence School, Sgt Dodge served as an Intelligence Sergeant with Company B, 6th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from March 1966 to July 1967, followed by service as an Intelligence Sergeant with Company B, 5th Special Forces Group in South Vietnam from July 1967 to September 1968. His next assignment was as an instructor with the Special Forces Training Group and then the U.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance at Fort Bragg from September 1968 to March 1971. During this time he served as the Radio Telephone Operator with Headquarters Element of the Blueboy Assault Group during the Son Tay Raid, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War in North Vietnam on November 21, 1970. Sgt Dodge next served as Assistant Operations NCO with the U.S. Army Vietnam Training Advisory Group in South Vietnam from May 1971 to March 1972, followed by service as Intelligence Sergeant and then Operations Sergeant with Company A, 3rd Battalion of the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg from April 1972 until his retirement from the Army on February 1, 1976. Anthony Dodge died on March 22, 2013, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His Silver Star Citation reads:
For gallantry in action on 21 November 1970 as a member of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam. This valiant effort was motivated by deep compassion for his imprisoned fellow men-at-arms, and by a strong sense of military duty and national pride. Immediately upon entering the prisoner of war compound, Sergeant Dodge exposed himself to enemy small arms fire in an effort to protect the assault group during the clearing period of the search and rescue operation. He continued to move from position to position in order to accomplish this covering effort and fulfill his communications duties. Throughout these actions, Sergeant Dodge displayed fearless personal conduct. He volunteered to remain in the compound during the initial extraction to give covering and protective fire to the group leader and the demolition specialist while they placed the charge which would destroy a damaged helicopter. Sergeant Dodge displayed composure rarely observed on the field of battle, especially under isolated circumstances such as Son Tay, North Vietnam. Sergeant Dodge's conspicuous disregard for his personal safety, extraordinary heroism against an armed hostile force, and extreme devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself and the United States Army.