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OLIVER P. DOSSETT
Oliver P. Dossett born in Gulfport, Mississippi on July 15, 1921 passed away on May 6, 2011 at the age of 89.

   Oliver served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He served with the 82nd Air Borne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry. He participated in the Normandy Invasion where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

   Oliver then worked at Kelly Field for 26 years. He was a life member of Turner Club. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake house with family and friends.

   He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Jean. Survivors include his loving children Susan Dee Smith and husband Elliott and Keith Preston Dossett and wife Kathy, grandchildren Melissa Morgan and Kevin Morgan, and other loving family members and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery #III


(courtesy of Emory Schnuriger)

Grave marker for Oliver P. Dossett in San Fernando Cemetery #3, San Antonio (Bexar county), Texas.

Oliver enlisted in the Army at San Antonio, TX on 25 November 1940.

Pvt Dossett was a member of the cadre team assigned from the 508th PIR to the 508th PIR on 16 October 1942.

On 15 June 1944, Pvt Dossett was "slightly wounded in action" and evacuated to a field hospital.  His name appears on an informal typewritten list of men who are hospitalized and he appears to be at an unknown location.

It was not until 28 September 1944 that he was removed from the rolls of Hq Hq and transferred to the Detachment of Patients at that unknown site.

However, Pvt Dosset wa already back in the U.S. by that time having arrived on a C54-A (number 41-327289*) operated by Military Aircraft Command at Mitchel Field, Hempstead, NY on 22 July 1944.     He, and fellow passengers, were undoubtedly being transferred to a U.S. hospital for further treatment.

* That same aircraft was damaged by fire while landing at LaGuardia Field four monrhs later on 4 November 1944.

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