Charles Roszier Bodmer Sr.

Charles Roszier Bodmer Sr.

Darnestown, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 3 Jul 1966 (aged 73)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row L, Lot 8 Lower, Site 3a
Memorial ID 67452263 View Source

World War One veteran. Citation for gallantry in action from General of the Armies John J. Pershing. Awarded the Silver Star Medal.

Charles Roszier Bodmer, son of Carrie Melissa (née Wiles) and Jacob Bodmer, junior, was born in Darnestown, Maryland. His family later moved to Poolesville, Maryland.

On 25 May 1918, he was inducted as a private, and arrived in France in July 1918, serving in the 313th Ambulance Company, 79th Infantry Division. He received an American Expeditionary Forces Citation for Gallantry in Action for action on 2 November 1918 in attempting to repair his ambulance (while transporting wounded personnel) "in plain view of the enemy and under intense artillery fire." He was promoted to private first class (PFC) on 15 November 1918. PFC Bodmer was honorably discharged on 10 June 1919. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, and Serbia's Order of St. Sava.

Charles Roszier Bodmer of Poolesville and Zada Florence Ryman of Barnesville, Maryland, were married on 8 March 1921 in Washington, D.C. The couple had two children: Pearl Louise, and Charles Roszier, junior.

Charles R. Bodmer worked for the U.S. Post Office Department as a rural mail carrier. He was an active member of the Poolesville Methodist Church, and taught Sunday School. He was also a charter member of the Poolesville Community Band, and a board member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Poolesville.


1900 U.S. Census, E. D. 52, Ward 1, Poolesville, Poolesville District, Montgomery Co., Maryland; dwelling 14, family 15, lines 64-76, p. 55B (printed), p. 1B (written), 4 Jun 1900.
64. Bodmer, Jacob, head, May 1856, 44, married 13 years; born in Virginia, parents in Germany; shoemaker.
65. ----- Carrie M., wife, May 1861, 39, married 13 years, 8 children (7 living); born in Maryland, parents in Virginia.
66. ----- Wm. H. L., son, Nov 1887, 12, Virginia, at school.
67. ----- Mary E., daughter, Jun 1890, 9, Virginia.
68. ----- Chas. R., son, Nov 1892, 7, Maryland, at school.
69. ----- Clara J., daughter, Dec 1893, 6, Maryland, at school.
70. ----- Minnie L., daughter, Jun 1895, 4, Maryland, at school.
71. ----- Jessie M., daughter, Nov 1897, 2, Maryland.
72. ----- George R., son, Apr 1899, 1, Maryland.

"Honor to 4 Boys from Montgomery," The Washington Post, 18 Sep 1919, p. 3.

"District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2021), Charles Roszier Bodmer and Zada F Ryman, 08 Mar 1921; citing p. 103765, Records Office, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 2,073,126.

1930 U.S. Census, E.D. 5, Poolesville Dist., Montgomery Co., Maryland; dwelling 260, family 263, lines 84-87, p. 12B (written), 23 Apr 1930.
84. Bodmer, Charles R., head, 37, Maryland, mail carrier, rural.
85. ----- Zada F., wife, 27, Virginia.
86. ----- Pearl L., daughter, 8, Maryland.
87. ----- Charles R., Jr., son, 5, Maryland.

"Charles Bodmer, 73, of Poolesville died Saturday night at Suburban Hospital [in Bethesda]." Survivors: wife, Zada Ryman Bodmer; daughter, Mrs. Lee D. Lodge, West Hyattsville; son, Charles R. Bodmer, Jr., Poolesville; sisters, Mrs. George W. Chiswell, Silver Spring, Mrs. Fred M. Campbell, Poolesville, and Mrs. Stockton Myerly, Frederick; seven grandchildren. ("Charles Bodmer, The News Frederick, Maryland, 5 Jul 1966, p. 5, col. 1.)

PFC Bodmer was initially awarded the Citation Star for valor. This decoration was replaced in 1932 with the authorization of the Silver Star Medal.

Reviewed 5 September 2021.


NOV 15 1892 JULY 2 1966