From a contemporary press report:
Minot B. Dodson, 85, a retired Army Coast Artillery Colonel who later worked for the Pinkerton Security and Investigation Services in California before retiring from that company as an executive vice president in 1999, died of melanoma August 21, 2000, at his home in Yorba Linda, California.
Colonel Dodson, who fought in the Aleutians during World War II, also was a combat veteran of the Korean conflict. He held Army posts dealing with missiles and surveillance and reconnaissance projects before retiring from active duty in 1966. He then entered the private security business.
DODSON, MINOT BOYD, COL, USA (Ret.)
On August 21, 2000, of Yorba Linda, CA, formerly of Mount Vernon, VA, husband of Carol Rich Dodson; father of Jonathan Boyd Dodson, Jeannie Elizabeth Dodson-Edgars and Jennifer Louise Besen. He is also survived by a sister, Murrell Inez Everhart of Eldon, MO, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous step-children and step-grandchildren. Funeral service, Wednesday, September 6, 11 a.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colonel Minot Dodson Memorial Fund in care of the VFW in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
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