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is honored on Panel 12E, Line 78 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 12/17/17 - by jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde
    The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered !!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Bernard. :-(
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 1/26/16 - by
    On November 16, 1966, SSGT Jessie Richardson (A Company, 7th Engineer Battalion), CPL Eugene B. Rhoades (A Company, 7th Engineer Battalion), and PVT Bernard J. O’Donnell (3rd Bridge Company, 9th Engineer Battalion) lost their lives attempting to rescue a fourth marine who was in immediate danger of drowning. The unnamed marine suffered a cramp while attempting to swim across a flood-swollen river in the vicinity of Da Nang. CPL Rhoades plunged into the river fully clothed to assist the struggling marine. The stricken marine was assisted to safety, however, CPL Rhoades was caught in the swift current of the river and was swept downstream into deeper water beyond the reach of help and drowned. SSGT Richardson and PVT O’Donnell also drowned during their attempts to assist. [Taken from]
  • memory forever

    Posted on 6/4/14 - by Joan Sprague-Slauson
    you were a very special person in my life... a special irish son who died for our country.... every one should know this... you were very very special ... and i will always remember our time in Hawaii!!!!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PVT Bernard Jack O'Donnell, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/21/12 - by Robert Sage

    Bernard is buried at Resurrection Cemetery, South San Gabriel.CA.

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