Dell Coleman OdegardCorporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 327TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
15 June 1948 - 30 January 1968
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I went to Hudson's Bay High School in 1967 in Vancouver, WA, With DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD. He went by the nickname of "Coley". I had CWP - Contemporary World Problems - with Mrs. Richards, while Coley had it with a very controversial teacher at the time, a Mr. Kurrie. Mr Kurrie, because of a controversial flag he had hanging in the classroom and some rather controversial beliefs that he taught, was believed to be a Communist. Well you know then the kids were going to tease him. Coley had a good sense of humor, we'd ask Mr. Kurrie, "What's the film going to be on today, Mr. Kurrie? Mickey Mouse sees Red China!" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD was a fine person, with a great sense of humor. His loss was felt all through Vancouver, Wa. Now may he rest in Peace, in the golden light of eternal Love from now and forever more!
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Just wanted to say that I went to St. Joseph School with "Cole's" little sister, Mary Ann. We called her "Odie" for short. I remember the day that she was informed of her brother's death. It was the first death in my memory of a local in the Vietnam war. Mary Ann was a talented, smart, athletic, outgoing person. Just good.
She's gone now, and her folks are gone, and she left behind a son named "COLE".
I liked Mary. She was "good people".
After all these years, I don't know if anyone will read this, but if you do, Mary Ann Odegard Ramsey loved her brother and never quit missing him.
You all take care.
From a friend.
A Note from The Virtual WallTwo soldiers were killed in the incident, SSG Jehovah Graves of Columbia, SC, and CPL Odegard.
The other two men named in the obituary are SP4 Guy Franklin Brooks who was killed in action on 02 Feb 1968 with A Company, 3/506th Infantry, and Cpl Michael G. Murdock, killed in action on 01 Feb 1968 with B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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