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HARRY GAINES HODGES


is honored on Panel 34E, Line 49 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 1/14/19 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Harry Gaines Hodges

    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Equipment Operator Constructionman
    Battalion: Naval Construction Battalion 9
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    Board Serial 1714 (February 14, 1968)
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Equipment Operator Constructionman Harry Gaines Hodges (NSN: B-320923), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Security Platoon, Headquarters Company, United States Naval Construction Battalion NINE, in connection with operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 14 January 1968, while on duty as sentry in a defensive position at a construction site near DaNang, Constructionman Hodges and a companion were attacked by the enemy, with a grenade being thrown into their position. Disregarding his own safety by electing not to vacate the position, Constructionman Hodges unhesitatingly placed himself between his comrade and the grenade, and attempted to throw the grenade out of the position. Unable to clear the grenade before it exploded, Constructionman Hodges sacrificed his life to save that of his fellow Seabee. His gallant efforts and bold initiative in the face of extreme danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • So many thanks

    Posted on 1/12/18 - by Amy Hodges Morehous amorehous@gmail.com
    As the 50th anniversary of my uncle’s death nears, I just wanted to thank everyone who has remembered him here. My sister and I were born after he died, and we grew up on stories about him. Thanks for making those a little more real for all of us. Blessings on you and your family.
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  • It has been 50 years...Part 2

    Posted on 1/12/18 - by Ed Larson edclarson@gmail.com
    Just a correction... My correct e-mail address is edclarson@gmail.com Also, I mentioned to my wife I had been thinking about Harry and the 50 year anniversary of his death and she organized a family dinner in Harry's honor! We're having Tennessee Moon Pies for dessert!
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  • It has been 50 years...

    Posted on 1/12/18 - by Ed Larson edclarson@gmail.om
    I was Harry's partner in a perimeter security tower on our Seabee base in Danang for the 4 months prior to his death. Some things we shared during that time are still, even after 50 years, very clear in my mind. I remember: rebuilding our tower together with materials we "borrowed" from the supply yard, hitching a ride with a "local" (Harry's idea!) across Danang to buy cameras, watching a night mortar attack on the air base below our base from our tower, hearing about Harry's terrific R & R leave in Hawaii with his parents and girl friend, what a friendly and easy-going guy Harry was, and the shock of hearing he had died. His memory will always be with me.
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  • I still remember that night.

    Posted on 5/7/16 - by Terry Foulke
    I still remember you and Joe coming out to the bunker that night to relieve Pete and me. We told you that something strange was going on down toward the "ville:. Pete and I went to the chow hall and a short time later heard the explosion. Gunny came running in and said "bunker 3 was hit and we got two down". We grabbed our gear and headed toward the beach. I don't remember how they got you out of there, but next day we learned that you had died. Years later my wife, my kids and I went to see your brothers. We met in Pigeon
    Forge. I'm sorry I never got to meet you parents. I think of you often, When I get to D.C., I always go to the wall and touch your name. God give rest.
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