By Rozella Hardin
George F. Dugger Sr. had an illustrious military record, serving first in a punitive expedition into Mexico as a young man and later in World War I in the trenches of France.
Dugger began his military career in 1911 at the age of 17 as an enlistee in the Tennessee National Guard, serving until 1914, when he enlisted in the regular Army. After training at Columbus Barracks, Ohio, he was dispatched to El Paso, Texas, where he was assigned to Company K, Sixth Infantry. His first assignment was patrolling the Mexican border when the bandit, Pancho Villa, was in command of Juarez, Mexco, which was opposite the city of El Paso across the Rio Grande River. During this time he was part of a punitive expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa and his raiders.
Dugger, a private ended up as a messenger boy for then Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing and later for 1st Lt. George S. Patton Jr.
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