Michael Anthony BodamerHospital Corpsman 3rd Class
3RD FORCE RECON CO, 3RD RECON BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Navy
22 December 1946 - 19 May 1967
Carson City, Nevada
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From friends in school and neighbors,
I knew "Doc" Bodamer when we were stationed together in an artillery unit on Hill 55 outside Da Nang. Mike was our Battery Corpsman - "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines. Mike was one the finest young man I ever met.
After Mike transferred from A 1/13 to 3rd Force Recon, our Battery moved from Hill 55 to Khe Sanh. We convoyed to Hue/Phu Bai and then went by C-130 to Khe Sanh. While I was in Hue, I found 3rd Force Recon and met up with Mike. He was as happy as I had ever seen him. He liked the unit and was a dedicated, professional Corpsman. More importantly, he was the type of person you meet rarely and was just a fine man.
After leaving the Marine Corps, I became a Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. One day I was talking to a San Diego police officer who was a former Marine. As we talked about our service in Vietnam, I mentioned the fact I worked with a really great person who was a Corpsman. The police officer said he worked with an even finer Corpsman - and we soon realized we were both talking about Mike Bodamer. The officer brought in a photo of Mike that he had taken when they were both in Force Recon.
I don't ever want to forget Mike Bodamer and I never will.
From a friend.
A Note from The Virtual WallPetty Officer Bodamer was killed during a patrol 4 kilometers northwest of Cam Lo, when the patrol engaged a 15-man NVA force. The NVA lost four men killed in the exchange of fires, while three other Marines were wounded.
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business
than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 May 2007
Last updated 06/07/2008