Major General James Lee Dozier is a retired U.S. Army officer who served 35 years with the U.S. Army and NATO in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was commissioned as an Army officer in 1956 following graduation from West Point. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in aerospace engineering and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. During his service in Vietnam, General Dozier was awarded both the Silver Star and Bronze Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for combat wounds. In 1981 he was kidnapped by Red Brigades terrorists in Italy and held for 42 days before being rescued. General Dozer’s conduct during this harrowing period was recognized by President Ronald Reagan with several invitations to visit the White House. On retirement from active service in 1985, Dozier returned to Florida and became a leader in agribusiness for 20 more years before retiring again in 2004. Since 1985 General Dozier has been actively involved in community groups and veterans’ organizations, including the Lee County Electric Cooperative, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Florida Commission on Veterans Affairs, the Southwest Council Boy Scouts of America, the Fort Myers Heart Walk, Rotary Club, the Lee Coast Chapter Military Officers Association of America, Good Wheels and the local Congressman’s Service Academy Nominating Committee, among others. In 2015 he was inducted by Governor Scott into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame. In this episode, he talks about his time at West Point, his relationship with Maj Gen George Patton IV and Gen Norman Schwarzkopf, and lessons from his kidnapping and captivity. You can purchase Gen Dozier's book, Finding My Pole Star, here.
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