William Boyce Hodges – Master Sergeant, United States Marine Corps

Information provided by his son, William David Hodges

Master Sergeant William Boyce Hodges, United States Marine Corps, retired.

Known Tours of Duty: 1939-1940 Worlds Fair Detachment – Guadalcanal – Guam – China – Italy – Spain – USS Salem – Marine Guard – USS Worchester – Marine Guard

Born: January 22, 1920; Tocopola, Mississippi Died: August 1, 1992; Arlington, Virginia Graduated Basic Training: December 1937; Paris Island, South Carolina. Retired from USMC: 1957.

Laid to Rest: August 3, 1992; Section 1, Gave 209c Arlington National Cemetery, with Full Honors (& bagpipes).

The most dishonorable thing I feel in my life was not being able to wear the dress uniform of the U.S. Navy, or U.S. Marine Corps, when my fathers internment flag was presented to my mother and I. The only way I feel to regain that honor is to stand before my fathers grave some morning, lay a wreath at his tombstone and be in the full dress uniform of either the U.S. Navy, or the U.S. Marine Corps, then draw my saber to salute, step back and yell OOOrah!

– David Hodges

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