|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 24, 2000|
Jack H. Odom was born October 19, 1916 and died June 24, 2000 in San Antonio, Tx. He had retired from Friedrich Air Conditioning Company as a Tool Design Engineer on January 8 1982.
Jack was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by Mary A. Odom, his wife of 57 years; five children, Tamara J. Lechner and husband, Charles N. of Plano, Tx, Terry R. Odom and wife Lynn M., Jerry J. Odom, K. John Odom and wife Linda and Jacqueline M. Odom; nine grandchildren, Mara D. (Lechner) Dubis and husband Greg of Plano, TX, Stephen A. Lecher of Plano, Tx, Charles T. Lechner and wife Chrisy, Julie A. (Odom) Buchanan and husband James, Tamara Lynn Odom, Scott A. Odom, Monty J. McGuffin, Kerrie M. (Odom) Hudson and husband Chris and Garrett L. Odom; three great-grandchildren, Rachel K. Dubis, Thomas G. Dubis, and Bryce A. Lechner and by numerous nieces and nephews.
The pallbearers are sons and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at the funeral home with a Vigil (Rosary) to begin at 6:00 P.M. also Tuesday in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Reverand John Makothaket, Celebrant. Entombment will follow in Holly Cross Catholic Cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home.
Jack H Odom was born in Batson, Hardin County, Texas to Robert Wesley and Angelina Belle Cox Odom. Jack had four brothers and two sisters; Robert Lee Odom (1901 – 1985), Esther J Odom Osborn (1902 – 1993), Rhoda Roena Odom Coiner Woody (1905 – 1991), John Wesley Odom (1907 – 1949), William Thomas Odom (1909 – 1912) and Jim Wade Odom (1912 – 1971).
Jack was a standout football player during his high school years at Texhoma High School. During his time in high school, the drama club was putting on a play for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. A call out was placed for students. Jack was not interested in drama. He loved football. End of the story is: Jack was more of a Huck then the one chosen. So he was nicknamed Huck - Jack 'Huck' Odom. That story goes hand-in-hand with the fact he did not like his first given name; which was actually Harry Jack. So he deemed everyone to call him Jack H. No one was to know what the H stood for. Well - when he graduated from high school as Jack H Odom, he enlisted into the Marine Corps. The Corps needed a birth certificate or a signed document of who he is. So Jack's brother, Jim Wade Odom, (knowing his brother's real desires) signed on the dotted line, his brother's name is Jack H Odom.
It was, 15 May 1936, Jack graduated a Texas Panhandle football gridiron star, from Texhoma High School. 9 July 1936, Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, at Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California. It was there he went through Basic Training. Within weeks of graduating from Boot Camp, Jack H Odom was pulled out of his West Coast assignment and shipped to Shanghai, China aboard the USS Chaumont with the 6th Marines.Co ‘F' 2nd Bn 6th Marine 2nd Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, departed on USS Chaumont from San Diego, California with a final port destination Shanghai, China, August 1937.
If there is one experience common to all China Marines, each started his China-side cruise by crossing an ocean. The ride on the U.S.S. Chaumont was unpleasant. Many fellow Marines were seasick all the way to Pearl Harbor, but after that no more. They had one afternoon in Hawaii for leave before continuing on to Shanghai, China. Men of the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps, watched as the ship arrive at Shanghai, China, on 19 September 1937. They had been sent to reinforce the 4th Marine Regiment in guarding the U. S. sector of the International Settlement during the Sino-Japanese war.
The USS Chaumont, was a very crowded ship. Since cleanliness is next to Godliness, each Marine was given only a bucket of water to wash up with. Space was so tight that when you turned over in your bunk you would hit the guy next to you. The bunks were stacked four or five high. Jack decided to go up and sleep on the deck, as many others had also. (To this day, he will tell you, it is better to get sprayed in the face from the bow than to be sea-sick at the stern.)
There was not much to do on the ship. The Marines were made to stand watch just to keep busy while the swabbies did their daily duties. There was constant shooting, bombing and other activities around Shanghai.
By November 1937 the Japanese pushed the Chinese out of Shanghai and its suburbs and things calmed down enough for the Marines to put away their "Iron Kellys" and resume wearing their campaign hats. But with the Japanese firmly in control of the Chinese portion of Shanghai and the surrounding countryside, it was only a matter of time before they would be moving against the International Settlement in an attempt to control the entire city.June 1939, Japanese forces ran barbed wire around the English and French concessions in Tientsin, resulting in restricted movement throughout the city. Aug 1940, As a result of heavy rains north and west of Tientsin, large portions of Tientsin, including the Marine barracks are flooded. Marine compound will remain under 44 inches of water until the end of September when the flood finally recedes.
It was not out of the ordinary to have popular entertainers visit troops in Shanghai, China. Some of those were The Marx Brothers, Joe E. Brown, Roy Rogers. U.S.S. Utah carried Co ‘F' 2nd Bn 6th Marine 2nd Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force to Honolulu, Hawaii March 1938. During Jack's stent in the Marine Corp, he saw Guam, Philippines and China and accrued Marine medals: Sharpshooter, Pistol, Rifle, Bayonet and BAR and the rank of Corporal. He was also a recipient of the Soochow Creek Medal for valor. Jack was discharged in 1940 from the United States Marine Corps. At this time, the Department of Defense did not exist.
Robert Wesley Odom (1871-1948)
Angeline B Cox (1878-1963)
Robert Lee Odom (1901-1985)
Esther J Odom Osborn (1902-1993)
Rhoda Roena Odom (1905-1991)
John Wesley Odom (1907-1949)
William Thomas Odom (1909-1912)
Jim Wade Odom (1912-1971)
Mary Agnes (nee Prichard) Odom (1915-2002)
Tamara Jane Odom (1943-)
Terry Robert Odom (1950-2011)
Jerry James Odom (1951-)
Kerry John Odom (1952-)
Jacqueline Mary Odom (1959-)
Note: Father of Kerry John Odom
Robert Wesley Odom (1871 - 1948)
Angelina Jane Cox Odom (1878 - 1963)
Mary Agnes Prichard Odom (1915 - 2002)*
Terry Robert Odom (1950 - 2011)*
Robert Lee Odom (1901 - 1985)*
Esther Juanita Odom Osborn (1902 - 1993)*
Roda Roena Odom Coiner-Woody (1905 - 1991)*
John Wesley Odom (1907 - 1949)*
William Thomas Odom (1909 - 1912)*
Jim Wade Odom (1912 - 1971)*
Jack Harry Odom (1916 - 2000)
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Patio XI, Column G, Row 50
Created by: Kerry John Odom
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65746213