Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles.
Dorsey “Doc” Nash
Date of birth: June 30, 1908
Dates of Service: 1941 to 1942
Lives in: Clovis
Theater or location of service: Fort Bliss, Texas; Kearnes, Utah; Oakland, Cal.; and Moblie, Ariz.
Branch: Army-Air Force
Military Unit and specialty: Army Class E20-43, aircraft/engine mechanic
After discharge: Floyd
In His words: He was let out of Army on agricultural hardship discharge.
Always the farm boy, Nash tells of how he and his barrack buddies decided to nab a thief in Nash’s unique way.
When they noticed their things missing and their suspected thief on a top bunk across the hall, Nash and his fellows held a loud conversation the young suspected thief was sure to overhear.
They suspected the fellow in the first place because he always managed to slip away to spend time alone in the barracks.
They were discussing what to do about the thief, when Nash loudly announced, “On the ranch we earmark the calves we want to keep track of.”
The next morning, he said, all their possessions were mysteriously returned.
World War II profiles are compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: