|James Robert Bodish
Jim and I arrived
at about the same time and we bunked together for our
months in the 213th. I think Jim arrived a day before me.
for Sergeant Sexton in the maintenance platoon for two
and then volunteered for the flight platoon. Sergeant
want us to leave his group (his wisdom was much greater
but we appealed to his sense of fairness and he let us go.
seldom flew together since we were both at the same level
I do recall one day Jim and I were together and we were
a river with cans of hydraulic fluid from about 5,000 feet
flying around all day hauling trash got boring after
Jim was lying on the ramp and let three cans fly. I was
from the right door when, to our horror, a Huey came into
flying below us in the other direction. It seemed like the
just missed the Huey by a few feet. Jim and I both had
adrenalin rush and we were quite content to just watch the
from then on.
Our company had one helicopter
a blade strike and landed hard on some blivets. (Tail
Some time after it was repaired from that accident and
to our company, I was flying on it as crew chief. I was
the hook when we were trying to pick up an APC. I say
because we had just refueled and the weight was too much
us. We finally got it off the ground about 20 feet and
the engines apparently blew and took out the hydraulics.
all made it out o.k. (the pilots were banged up pretty
- one had a broken leg, I think) and we were sitting
the armored group's circle listening to the ammo cook
the fire consuming 222 when one of our sister ships
pick us up. As I was walking to the rear of the Chinook
that Jim was crewing it. I can't describe the feeling I
when I saw Jim and his look of concern.
For this 19 year old kid that had
had the most harrowing experience of his life, Jim's
slap on the back was like a mother's hug. I always
could have provided Jim the same comfort when his
JAMES ROBERT BODISH was born on April 18,
1951 and joined the Armed Forces while in PITTSBURGH, PA.
He served as a 67U20 in the Army, and
attained the rank of SP4/E4. He began a tour of duty on March 10, 1970.
On September 16, 1970, at the age of 19,
JAMES ROBERT BODISH perished in the service of our country in South
Vietnam, Tay Ninh.
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