Thomasville resident Madison “Jack” Todd, now 98 years-old, was known as U.S. Army Private First Class Todd in World War II. He survived one of the fiercest battles from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945, in the Battle of the Bulge, in Belgium. Todd, a patient at Archbold Memorial Hospital, had nurse Marc DeCosta, RN, as part of his care team during his stay. DeCosta discovered Todd’s special military past, and wanted to honor him in some way. DeCosta called the local recruiting office to see if a recruiter would come out for a tribute to Todd. Not only did the recruiter agree to do so, but committed to get a commemorative flag in a frame to present to Todd. DeCosta then coordinated with the Thomasville High School Air Force ROTC unit to come out for a presentation of the colors and singing of the national anthem. Todd’s wife and daughter attended the ceremony in Archbold’s classrooms and a number of staff attended as well. Archbold President and CEO Perry Mustian, whose father, M.T. Mustian, also served in the Battle of the Bulge, spoke with Todd following the ceremony.
Jack Todd (in chair), back row (l-r) Marc DeCosta, RN, Cile Todd (wife of Jack) and daughter, Tanya Todd Kittelson.
Captain Benjamin Christian salutes Todd.
Thomasville High School Air Force JROTC, led by MSgt. Chad Smith, pose with Todd after he was presented with a commemorative flag.
Archbold President and CEO, Perry Mustian, speaks with Todd following the ceremony.