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POSTED ON 9.1.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you.....

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 2.14.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Steven Odier, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Valentine’s Day and tomorrow is Presidents’ Day. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.1.2019
POSTED BY: Marlo Odier Aguirre

Thank you from the Odier family.

I'm Steven Kent Odier's neice. Sadly, I never met him. He died in '67 and I was born in '68. I'm brought to tears today reading some of the remembrances that have been shared here by all of you. I just want to tell you how much it's meant to me to read the personal experiences of people who knew him. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your kind words. He was loved and missed by my family. I feel like I received a gift when I opened this site today. Thank you.
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POSTED ON 11.25.2016
POSTED BY: Thomas E. Brownlee

Rembering a classmate and comrade from Vietnam

My name is Thomas Brownlee. I am a Vietnam War Veteran 1967-1968. I was a member of Steve’s graduating class in 1964 at Central High in Fort Wayne, IN. Some of my classmates also served in Vietnam. Ray Capps was medic who served in An Khe the same time I served there, but I never saw him. Ron Ryan was a Marine who served in Khe Sanh.

Steve was the Vice President of our class 1964 at Central High School. He was in a lot of drama classes and acted in several of our plays. One of his plays was ALAS Babylon on February 15, 1964. He was the only one out of our class from ‘64 that was killed in Vietnam.

While he was in high school, he met this girl that he really liked. He married Cindy Yarman. She was in plays too, and she was the prom queen. Cindy graduated in ’65 from Central High. I used to be her paperboy. She was a year behind me and graduated with my sister. I used to knock on her door to collect money for the paper and she always answered… she was a really cute girl. I’d always wait for a glimpse of her. Her dad had this juice company called Home Juice. It was an orange juice company and it was the best juice you could find.

Every 5 years we have a class reunion. I’ve been to 8 or 9 of them, only missing one or two. In 2014 we had our 50 year class reunion, and this coming year, it’ll be 50 years since Steve’s been gone. It was January 1967 that he lost his life. His name is always mentioned at our reunions and we always have a moment of silence for him.

In the summertime of 2014, I was shopping at Meijer’s in Fort Wayne, IN. I was walking around and a guy spotted me. He said “Hey, I know you.” I said “It looks like I know you too but I can’t think of who you are.” We talked for about an hour. He was Clinton Hill. We got to talking about the war and being Veterans. It came out that Clinton also went to Central High School and graduated in 1965. He and Steve Odier served together in An Khe, Vietnam and they were best friends. They served in the same company, they were both infantry soldiers. They were point men. They both were Expert Infantrymen.
They alternated between jobs… Steve would go out on point one week, Clinton would go out the next.

On the day Steve died, it was his time to go out and search for the enemy and Clinton told me that he believes that Steve’s mind wasn’t on the job that day. Clinton said that Steve was an expert, but his mind wasn’t sharp that day. Steve stepped on a land mine, a booby trap. The shrapnel killed him.

Through talking to Clinton, Odier’s family knew that Clinton and Steve were in the same company. They wrote a letter and requested that Clinton fly with Steve’s body back to Fort Wayne for the funeral and viewing. Clinton did that, he flew back on the plane with Steve’s body.

Later in the summer of 2014, I came out to the VA hospital in Fort Wayne to make an appointment. I was walking down the hall and there were people sitting in chairs along the hall. This one guy stopped me and he said “Tom!.... You don’t remember me do you?” I told him I couldn’t remember. His nickname was Red. Red said, “Don’t you remember me picking you up from the airport in An Khe. I picked you up in a jeep over there 5 days before I was going home. We also worked together at GE.” We sat and talked about our time in An Khe. I also told him about our move to Camp Evans after he went home. While we were talking, the lady 2 chairs down from Red said, “Excuse me, I hear you talking about An Khe.” She said her husband was killed in Vietnam. I asked his name, and she said “Steve Odier.” That shocked me. It hit me like a bomb…. I told her that I had graduated with Steve. I told her that he was in plays and he married the cutest girl in the school. I told her that Steve had married the prom queen… I told her about the girl I delivered papers to and her dad’s juice company.. she said “I’m that girl. I’m that girl named Cindy that you’re talking about.”

I would like to see Steve’s legacy live on forever. To Steve: You are an American Hero. You paid the ultimate price and sacrificed your life so that we can have freedom in our country now. I ask our Father in Heaven to take this message to you, from me and our class of ’64. I have visited the wall in DC with my family and I searched for your name. When I go to that wall, it’s emotional. I think of you often. I hope to one day meet you in Heaven and shake your hand and tell you “thank you for your service.”

Sincerely, Your comrade in Vietnam 1967-68
Thomas Brownlee
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POSTED ON 10.4.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Steven Kent Odier, Served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
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