Patrolman James Walter Todd

Patrolman James Walter Todd

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 12, 1950

James Walter Todd

Patrolman James Todd was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a vehicle at an intersection.

Patrolman Todd was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Savannah Police Department for five years. He was survived by his son, parents, and 10 siblings.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

Most Recent Reflection

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Hello Uncle Jimmy (James Walter Todd),

This coming December 12, 2018 will be 68 years since you were taken from us. I still have old newspaper clippings from your short life here with us. The clippings include the death of your infant son, Lloyd Eugene Todd. Lloyd's obituary indicated he was survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. James W. Todd of Port Wentworth, GA. It did not give his mother's first or maiden name. However, it indicated his maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Layton Nelson of Port Wentworth. Until today, I always thought your surviving son was named James Walter Todd Jr. The obituary has your surviving son listed as James Edward Todd. So, maybe your first born son, James was named after your father. I know you and your wife divorced before you died and arrangements were made for your surviving son to receive benefits. I wish there was a way to find little Jimmy. He may already be deceased. But, knowing about his life; knowing his mother's name, would be nice. You are not forgotten!

By the way, I did apply to join the Savannah Police Department when I was about 22 years old. I was not hired. The reason given by the department was they thought I was too young and would likely not "stick" with the job, if hired. So, at 22, I enlisted in the United States Air Force. Some years later, I was commissioned and retired after 37 years of service, as a Lt. Colonel. I served all over the country and in foreign lands, to include Baghdad, Iraq, before retiring from the DIA and the Joint Staff, Pentagon. The Savannah Police Department was wrong. I was a dedicated servant and would have given them my entire career! I am proud I had a father, uncles and even an aunt who served in the military with several staying until retirement. I am proud my sister, Virginia, also served in the Army. Three of her four children served in the Air Force. My older brother was a Marine and served in Vietnam. My twin brothers both joined the Army as well. I suppose we are and have always been a "service" family. You and your brothers served in foreign lands during WWII; in Europe and the Pacific. Your great grandfather, William Edward Todd, enlisted and died during the Civil War. Several of William's brothers also enlisted and survived the conflict. Thank you for your sacrifice. Here to follow through on a motto: Always Remember; Never Forget!!!

Sandra-Carol Allen Lt Col,
USAF, retired

November 10, 2018

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