Among many of the interesting items you will find at the Dayton Heritage Museum is the following newspaper article written in 1944 about longtime Dayton resident Art Dickerson, who while serving our country had a chance encounter with greatness:
“Proof that Kentucky boys will always get there, no matter where they are, is contained in a dispatch from Paris, France. Pfc Artsman W. Dickerson Jr. of Newport was one of two clerks attached to the U.S. Ninth Air Force Engineers who “thumbed” a ride into Paris in the auto of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander.
They did not know that the vehicle approaching them was a staff car. But, the rear door was opened and a friendly voice asked them to get in. A very friendly conversation with the general relative to matters concerning the Army and the war followed.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Artsman W. Dickerson Sr., 5 Chesapeake Avenue, Pfc Dickerson was employed a a butcher in a Newport chain store before entering the service. He is 21 years old. A brother, Pfc Melvin Dickerson, 26, is with the Army Air Force in Hawaii.”
Submitted by: Jane Hebel, Dayton Heritage Museum
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