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.
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.