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Lloyd Dotson

 

 

Lloyd Dotson of Wapello Missing in War Theater  

Wapello—Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dotson received an official message from the War Department that their son, Lloyd, 19, has been missing in action in Germany since Nov. 1.

Lloyd and his twin brother, Floyd, entered service Sept. 29, 1943, after graduating from the Wapello high school in May.  Following induction at Camp Dodge, they were separated fro the first time in their lives.

Floyd is at Guadalcanal now, and Lloyd had been overseas since May, when he was transferred from the field artillery to the infantry.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, November 22, 1944

LIST OF MISSING IN ACTION GREW IN 1944
Among those from this area who have been listed as missing in action in official dispatches to next of kin, and upon casualty lists of the armed services, are:

LLOYD DOTSON—Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dotson of Wapello received an official message from the War Department in November of this year stating that their son, Lloyd, had been missing in action in Germany since Nov. 1. Lloyd entered the service on Sept. 29, 1943, and had been overseas since May, 1944, when he was transferred from the field artillery to the infantry.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Friday, December 29, 1944

Prisoner of War Card Comes to Dotson Family  

Wapello—Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dotson have received a printed card, dated Nov. 13, 1945, and signed Lloyd Dotson, this being the first communication from him since he was reported missing in action Nov. 2, 1944. The card said he was well but not to write as he was being moved and would have a new address.

In February, Mrs. Dotson received a letter from Sanford Lowe of New York City, containing a message from Lloyd, broadcast by short wave radio from Germany, which was read by the station announcer, Evelyn Gray, as follows:  “I am a prisoner of war, well and feeling o. k., so don’t worry. I will be all right.  All my love, Lloyd.”

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, April 4, 1945

Lloyd Dotson Is Safe and Well, Family Learns

Wapello-Mr. and Mrs. Dave Dotson received word Tuesday from their son, Lloyd, a German prisoner since November, 1944, that he was safe and well and hoped to see them soon. The supposition is that he is still overseas.

Source:  Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Wednesday, May 23, 1945