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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Birth:
15 Jun 1948 2
Death:
30 Jan 1968 2
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Full Name:
Dell Coleman Odegard 2
Birth:
15 Jun 1948 2
Male 2
Death:
30 Jan 1968 2
Cause: Misadventure 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 30 Jan 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Vancouver, WA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Battalion:
1st Bn 2
Company:
B Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
+ E3 2
Major Command:
101st Abn Div 2
Regiment:
327th Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Tour Start Date:
27 Jan 1968 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 78 2
Panel: 35E 2

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I contacted your family years ago. They brought back memories of days we spent together in-country. I will never forget you. cblack1733@aol.com

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   Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Went to the same high school
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORIE OF DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD I first met "Coley" Odegard In my senior year at Hudson's Bay High School, CWP class, Vancouver, Wa. We used to joke about the CWP teacher he had was a Mr. Kurie, believed to have been or had pro -communist ideas. CWP stood for Contemporary World Problems Any way we used to make jokes about that CWP teacher, and say,"What film is it today Mr. Kurie, Mickey Mouse sees Red China?" Dell probably had one of best sense of humor, straight forward, honest and just alaround a very good person to be with in general his loss to Vancouver, Wa. Was great, and he will always be missed. May he now rest in Peace and Eternal love. your friend, Greg Payne Thursday, June 07, 2001  
Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004

  Freedom is brighter because of you Posted for: DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD: "Coley" and his Brother Johnny were a couple of the Summer Kids in our neighborhood in West Vancouver during the 1950's. They came to stay with their Aunt who lived in a big house on Daniels Street between West 16th and 17th. I have a great photo of him with us on Lanny Waite's go-cart in front of my house. My Brother and I were glad for his and Johnny's friendship and we reverance his sacrifice. Posted by: Michael Potts
Email: mpotts@trlib.org
Relationship: We grew up together
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

  MEMORY OF DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD Posted for: DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD: DEL COLEMAN ODEGARD
Vancouver, Washington
Corporal
Service Number 18959387
MOS 11B1P (Parachutist)
B Co 1st BN 327th Inf
101st Airborne Division
United States Army
15 June 1948 - 30 January 1968
Age 19
Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam
Hostile, Died
Body Recovered
Misadventure - Ground Casuality
Panel 35E - Line 078



I first met "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD at Hudson's Bay High School, in Vancouver,Wa in 1966. He had a rather controversial CWP (Contemporary World Problems) teacher that was accused of being a communist, because of some flags and certian beliefs that Mr. Kurie had. The students would all make fun of the teacher and say, "What's the film on today, Mr. Kurie? Mickey Mouse sees Red China?" "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD, was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, he'd keep our classes laughing during very difficult times. The loss OF "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD was felt alot in Vancouver, Wa. Sometimes we must remember some of the better moments of our lives. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forevermore. Your friend, Gregory Payne e-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email: teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We were high school classmates
Thursday, April 13, 2006   Soldier Killed by Shrapnel Killed by our own artillery, Cpl Dell C. "Coley" Odegard, 19, of Vancouver has become the 24th casualty of the Vietnam war with Clark County ties, and is the third to die there this year.

According to the Army, Odegard died of shrapnel wounds on 30 Jan (1968) from "friendly" artillery while he was on night perimeter guard.

The soldier's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Odegard, 3504 E. Twelfth St., were notified of his death Friday. The Pentagon released the information Monday, along with announcement of two other Washington men killed in action. Army Specialist Four Guy F. Brooks of Pasco and Marine Cpl. Michael G. Murdock of Rockford. Odegard had been in Vietnam since last June as a member of Co B., 1st Bn, 327th Inf., 101st Airborne Div. He entered the Army in January, 1967, and underwent training at Ft. Lewis and Camp Gordon GA, before entering jump school at Ft. Benning GA, where he was a distinguished honor graduate last June. Born in Astoria Or, 15 Jun 1948, Odegard had lived nearly all his life in Vancouver. He was a graduate of Hudson's Bay High School in 1966 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

(Vancouver Columbian, Vancouver WA, 6 Feb 1968)

 

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