Dec. 13, 1913 Humphrey Platte County Nebraska, USA
Jul. 21, 1944, Guam
Son of John Bodewig. Married to Genevieve McDermott on 7-2-1941. Sgt. - Company "B" 1st Armored Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Amphibious Cors. - US Marine Corps Killed in action during the invasion of Guam. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 1-19-1942. ------------------------------------------ From the web site: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Platte/pages/heros/hpcn0181.htm Sergeant Ervin P. Bodewig, United States Marine Corps, was born in Humphrey, Nebraska, on December 13, 1914, and was killed in action in the initial invasion of Guam, one of the Mariana Islands, on July 21, 1944.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bodewig of Humphrey, Nebraska. His father, John Bodewig, died July 26, 1945.
One of a family of six children, he had two brothers and three sisters. They included: Edward J. Bodewig, of Denver, Colorado; Alfred J. Bodewig, formerly of Humphrey, Nebraska; Coletta, Mrs. Robert Brown, Denver, Colorado; Margaret, Mrs. Matthew Foxhoven, Proctor, Colorado; and Luella, Mrs. Wilfred Foxhoven, Sterling, Colorado.
Ervin attended St. Francis Grade School, and was graduated from the Humphrey High School in 1934. He was interested in athletics, and while in high school was a member of the basketball team. After graduation, he played baseball with the Humphrey team, and later played with the Schuyler team in the state league. While with the Schuyler team, he was chosen one of the All-American Amateur Baseball Players at Battle Creek, Michigan. He was employed at the Humphrey Mill, and in a Schuyler cafe.
Ervin Bodewig was married to Miss Genevieve McDermott on July 2, 1941.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 19, 1942, and was then stationed successively at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; Whiby Island; and Oceanside, California. At the latter place, he received amphibious tank training.
Sergeant Ervin Bodewig went overseas with Company "B," First Armored Amphibious Battalion, First Marine Amphibious Corps, in December, 1943. He took part in the battle of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands, and was in the initial invasion of Guam, one of the Mariana Islands, where he lost his life on July 21, 1944. He was buried in the National Cemetery near Agat, Guam. His awards for service included the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Memorial services were held for Sergeant Ervin Bodewig on August 28, 1944, at St. Francis Church in Humphrey, Nebraska, with the pastor, Reverend Albert Limacher, celebrant of the Requiem Mass, and Foltz-Zuerlein Post, Humphrey American Legion, in charge of the military rite.