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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Birth:
22 Jul 1949 1
Death:
24 Dec 1970 1
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Full Name:
Vern Eric Odom, Jr 1
Birth:
22 Jul 1949 1
Male 1
Death:
24 Dec 1970 1
Cause: Other Accident 1
Age at Death: 21 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 24 Dec 1970 1
Casualty Location: friendly Artillery vic FSB Bastogne 1
Casualty Type: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes 1
Residence:
Hometown: Wheaton, IL 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Battalion:
1st Bn 1
Company:
A Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 1
Grade:
+ E3 1
Major Command:
101st Abn Div 1
Regiment:
327th Infantry 1
Service:
Army 1
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
19 Nov 1970 1
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Religion:
Baptist - Other Groups 1
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 6 1
Panel: 05W 1

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Vern, you were a good man. We went to Wheaton Central High School. Vern was a year behind me and ran Track. I think he was a dash man. I just learned that he died in Nam. He deserved better than dying from friendly fire. How sad. Rest easy, Vern. You've earned it.

Short round kills Wheaton GI in Vietnam.
Wheaton Leader

A Wheaton serviceman was one of nine GIs killed Christmas Eve when a U.S. artillery shell fell short and landed in their position, the Defense Department reported Wednesday.

Army Pfc Vern E. Odom, Jr. 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vern E. Odom was with a guard detail in a forward position when the tradedy occurred, his father said.

Pfc. Odom had been stationed with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam for five weeks.

He said his son had attended the University of Illinois for two years but was working as a postman in Wheaton to raise money to continue his education when he was drafted last June. Pfc graduated from Wheaton Central High School in 1967.

Other survivors include two brothers, Benny and Robert, and four sisters; Shirley, Patricia, Carolyn and Janet.  

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