GEORGE F SODAITIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

GEORGE FRANK SODAITIS

WALL NAME

GEORGE F SODAITIS

PANEL / LINE

24E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

08/17/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MERRICK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR GEORGE FRANK SODAITIS
POSTED ON 7.5.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

George is buried at St Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Frackville, PA.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN


FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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POSTED ON 12.19.2005
POSTED BY: Vietnam Veteran

Rest In Peace

POSTED ON 5.2.2004
POSTED BY: DAVE EASTMAN, OL 23,-24

George Sodaitis

Young George Sodaitis had a lot going for him by the time he had gotten to Vietnam. He already had an aeronautical engineering degree behind him and was anxious to increase his aviation skills. When he heard that the company XO was an experienced instrument examiner and instructor, he wanted to fly with him as his copilot for that day's mission. Trouble was, this major couldn't do it any other way. A difficult day consumated with a mid-air with a jet coming down into Tan Son Nhut's airbase. The jet hit the Huey over the river north of Saigon, and the Air Force pilot ejected after he saw that he had crashed into a Huey. The rotor blade was stuck down the jet's intake for a brief second. The helicopter crew fell 1800 feet to the riverbanks below and all 5 aboard were killed. I describe this tragic incident in my book, OUTLAWS IN VIETNAM, recently published on these flying memoirs. As counsel, I had also defended the luckless prisoner who was sitting in the back seat after serving his six month time at the Long Binh Jail. Was there another person on board, too?? A civilian? Will we ever know? A matter of considerable intrigue.
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POSTED ON 3.15.2004
POSTED BY: Kaleigh Schlipf

Thank You

George,
As a part of the Gridley High School posting project in Gridley Illinois, we are posting remembrances to honor all the courageous Americans who gave their lives in service to our country. Thank you for this brave sacrifice. Your selflessness will never be forgotten. We will always look up to you as a true American Hero! God bless you and your loved ones.
Sincerely,
Kaleigh Schlipf

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