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  • Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

    Posted on 9/1/16 - by
    On December 24, 1970, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, moved off of FSB Bastogne for FSB Security in preparation for the 1970 Christmas cease fire. The battalion day report for December 24th shows that Bravo Company had also redeployed off the FSB to the southeast of Alpha Company. The relocation took place late in the day and the company quickly set up their night defense targets (Delta Tangos) coordinates before the 6:00 PM start of the 24 hour cease fire. At approximately 5:15 PM, a single friendly round of high explosive crashed into A Company’s 2nd Platoon position where 19 soldiers had set up their night defensive position. Nine were killed and at least nine others were severely wounded. Medivacs were called in and the wounded were taken to the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai. Three more soldiers would later succumb to their wounds, making the total 12 killed. Only one soldier was spared physically injury from the shrapnel, protected by a tree stump he was sitting behind when the round hit. The nine soldiers killed in the immediate aftermath of the blast were SP4 Paul J. D'Amato Jr., SP4 Gregory W. Felker, SP4 Larry Heen, CPL Calvin D. Mack, SP4 Thomas G. Noble, SGT Michael R. Nugent, CPL Vern E. Odom, CPL Wesley L. Phillips, and SP4 Steve Pohancek. The three other lost members of the platoon were SP4 Anthony A. Brese (died on December 26th), CPL Kenneth W. Griffin (died on the 28th), and CPL Jaime Laboy (died January 8, 1971). [Taken from and]
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/27/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Corporal Vern Eric Odom Jr., Served with the 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/22/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Corporal Vern Eric Odom Jr., Served with the 2nd Platoon, Company A, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Vern Eric Odom Jr, 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
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 6/12/12 - by


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