MICHAEL R ODUM
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 71 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL RALPH R ODUM

WALL NAME

MICHAEL R ODUM

PANEL / LINE

18W/71

DATE OF BIRTH

11/18/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHONG DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/11/1969

HOME OF RECORD

TALLAHASSEE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Leon County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL RALPH R ODUM
POSTED ON 2.15.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap. Michael Odum, Thank you for your service as an Operations & Training Staff Officer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and today 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 11.15.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

NEVER FORGOTTEN

On the remembrance of your 78th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 9.14.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Michael Ralph R Odum, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.2.2011

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Michael Ralph R. ODUM, USA...who died for our country!!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 9.8.2006
POSTED BY: His Leon High School and Florida State University Classmates

Capt. Michael Ralph R. Odum

From the FSU TIMES, August 1996:

Capt. Michael Ralph R. Odum
Graduated 1964. Died Sept. 11, 1969, Phong Dinh Province

"It's an indication of his patriotism and love of country that Michael was on his fourth tour of duty when he was killed in Vietnam."

Those words come from Lt. Col. Robert Morris, a retired instructor in the FSU Army ROTC, who taught Michael Odum.

"I remember him very well. He was one of those people who could always be relied upon to come in and do the tough jobs."

Odum was 26 when he was killed in action by small arms fire.

An artillery officer with the 101st Airborne Division, he was the only son of Christine Odum and the late Ralph Odum, an assistant state attorney general in Tallahassee.

The 1960 Leon High School yearbook shows Odum as an earnest and thoughtful senior who was in the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics club, was vice president of the Thespian club, and was president of the Forensics club, which took him all over the state to debating competitions.

After he enrolled in the Army ROTC at FSU, the military became the driving interest of his life, and he characteristically took it very seriously.

"He spent what free time he had around the military department learning all he could," Morris said. He was a leader in the Pershing Rifles, and joined the Scabbard and Blade, a military honor society.

Odum graduated in 1964, received artillery training at Fort Sill, Okla., and went to Vietnam. After two tours of duty he could have come home for good, but he volunteered again and again.

"Michael was very selfless and giving and patriotic," Morris said. "I'm proud to have had him as one of my students."
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From Michael Odum's Leon High and FSU classmates:
Michael, You dared to venture where very few of the rest of us ever went. You served our nation with valor and courage. We admired you then and now, and we miss you.
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