George Alfred Odiorne

United States Marine Corps
26 January 1941 - 25 February 1970
Lynn, Massachusetts
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for George Alfred Odiorne

17 Nov 1999

My father was 29 years old when he died. He was a Marine who died in February of 1970. He was in combat in the Vietnam war. I was seven years old when he died. I thank God that I was never in that war or had to see it. I only wish that he was here now to see his daughter at 37 years old almost 30 years later.

I don't remember much about him, only what a 6 or 7 year old can retain, but I do know that I am proud of him and have been told by many family members that I carry a lot of the same traits, looks and similarities that he had. I would like to think that people nowadays think a little more liberal then back then Dad's Mom, my grandma, passed away in 1991 on his birthday. I never have been a religious person but I know that the angels up there watch over me.

By the way, my email address is derived from my dog's name, Gomer. Yes, I am an animal lover: guess it runs in the family. My dad used to take in strays.

I would love to hear from someone that knew my Dad.


18 Nov 2005

A BIG HELLO to all Vietnam soldiers... It's getting toward the holidays. I wish all a safe and happy place to be. If you feel alone please send me an Email I will be glad to speak with you. Not that I was there or truly understand but I have done some volunteer work with the veterans with my dog, and have learned a lot about Vietnam. I wish my Dad was here to see me as a grown woman today. I miss his smile and his singing the song of PEEWEE THE KIWI and he loved the song I DID IT MY WAY by Frank Sinatra. I set that site up for my Dad 6 years ago. Who can believe all that time has gone by? I still have my dog Gomer, he is now 11 years old. As for me I am now 43 years old. I have a good job and live in Dracut, Massachussetts. I have never forgotten my Dad or any of the men who fought in Vietnam. I see the news about the war in Iraq that is still going on and it's been too long. We are losing many good men and women over there.

The best to all who served and came home, to those who gave their life, and to those who lost a loved one.

My honor, my heart and my respect.
Thank you

From his daughter,
Deborah Odiorne Gilbert

09 Aug 2007


Lynn will pay homage to one of its heroic sons today when Mayor J. Warren Cassidy will head a delegation of city officials and representatives of veterans organizations that will go to Logan Airport to receive the body of Marine Cpl. George A. Odiorne.

Cpl. Odiorne, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Odiorne Jr., 33 Carnes St., was killed in action near An Hoi, Vietnam last Wednesday.

A plane bearing his coffin is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 4:25 p.m. The remains of the heroic Marine, who asked for and received a transfer from aircraft carrier duty to the battle zone, will then be officially received by the city from the Marine escort accompanying the body.

A military funeral will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the St. Laurent Funeral Home, 554 Western Ave., followed by a Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in St. Jean's Cemetery.

Cpl. Odiorne, who arrived in Vietnam in January, was a member of the First Marine Division. He was the 53rd Greater Lynner to lose his life in the Vietnam conflict and the first this year.

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Bravo Company, 1/5 Marines, lost three men to boobytraps while conducting platoon patrols five kilometers west-northwest of the Liberty Bridge on 25 Feb 1970:
  • Cpl George A. Odiorne, Lynn, MA;
  • Cpl Thomas J. Vezeau, Derry, NH; and
  • Cpl Donald J. Wade, San Jose, CA.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Nov 1999
Last updated 08/10/2009