Trooper Victor O. Dosing

   December 1941

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, as the world moved closer to the astonishing news of the Pearl Harbor attack, Trooper Victor O. Dosing and Trooper Sam Graham responded to the Coffee Pot Cafe one mile south of Galloway, Missouri, near Springfield, Missouri, to apprehend a murder suspect. The coffee pot shaped building had an apartment upstairs above the cafe where the officers were advised Army Private Milan J. Nedimovich had been staying with a 19-year-old waitress, Margie Smith. Tprs. Dosing and Graham arrived at the cafe parking lot where they met the local constable John Love and Justice of the Peace A.F. Stubbs. Tprs. Dosing and Graham walked up the exterior steps to the second story apartment in an attempt to arrest Nedimovich whom Tpr. Dosing knew from a previous arrest in Springfield for being AWOL and asleep in a stolen car. As Tpr. Dosing grabbed the doorknob the door was quickly opened and Nedimovich fired a shot from a Harrington-Richardson .38-caliber pistol killing Tpr. Dosing instantly. Nedimovich also critically wounded Tpr. Graham with a second shot. Nedimovich retreated back into the room as he was fired upon by Justice Stubbs. Nedimovich then pointed his gun at his hysterical girlfriend and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire and he subsequently obtained Tpr. Dosing's service revolver and shot himself to death.

Trooper Victor O. Dosing, 34, was the third officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. A third daughter was born after Tpr. Dosing was killed.


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