World War II Bronze Star Awarded, 70 Years after D-Day Battle

Lt. Bentley D. Hodsdon, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, Material Officer at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, had the honor of participating in a ceremony few get to witness, an award of a WWII D-day Medal, Oct. 3.

Left to right: South Carolina Legislative Representative Mike Pitts, South Carolina Legislative Representative J. Anne Parks, Captain George M. Hodsdon, Jr., U.S. Army, Brigadier General Marie Goff, South Carolina National Guard, Lt. Bentley D. Hodsdon, SC, USN.  (Photo by Bradford Hodsdon)

Left to right: South Carolina Legislative Representative Mike Pitts, South Carolina Legislative Representative J. Anne Parks, Captain George M. Hodsdon, Jr., U.S. Army, Brigadier General Marie Goff, South Carolina National Guard, Lt. Bentley D. Hodsdon, SC, USN. (Photo by Bradford Hodsdon)

Lt. Hodsdon escorted his grandfather former Army Captain George M. Hodsdon Jr. on stage at the Greenwood (South Carolina) County Hall and had the honor of participating in the award of the Bronze Star Medal to his grandfather. It was a moment that reaffirmed what Hodsdon always felt, that his grandfather was an amazing man, a true hero. Capt. Hodsdon had been awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions at the Battle of Saint Lo, but due to injuries and hospital delays, was not made aware of the award until 70 years later.

Capt. Hodsdon’s daughter wanted to obtain a copy of his Purple Heart Medal to include in his shadow box to be hung in the Greenwood County Hall of Heroes, so she contacted the local Veterans Association (VA) for assistance. The VA was able to locate his Purple Heart Medal, and much to the surprise of the family, also the Bronze Star Medal.

I spoke with Lt. Hodsdon about the award and how he felt when he found out about the award. “I was shocked at the news,” said Lieutenant Hodsdon, “it was definitely not what I was expecting!” He added, “I felt like it just made sense, for everything that he endured, the men that he led and life threatening injuries he received fighting for our country. If anyone deserves the Bronze Star surely it’s him.”

Seventy years after his bravery on the battlefield, Capt. George Hodsdon was inducted into the Greenwood Country Hall of Heroes in the same ceremony where he received his Bronze Star Medal.

Seventy years is a long time for an award to be delayed, but his contribution in 1944 and dedication to maintaining this nation’s freedom is never too late to be recognized. As his grandson, Lt. Hodsdon states, “He is the reason we call this, the Greatest Generation!”

Capt. Hodsdon’s courage and honor continue on today and is evident in his descendants. For generations the Hodsdon family has served this country. From great, great grandfathers in World War I to the present, they have all worn the uniform. According to Lt. Hodsdon, “to be the one who currently wears it was definitely special for me. It allowed me the opportunity to not only represent our family, but to pin the medal on my grandfather.”

By Barbara Burch, Director, Office of Corporate Communications, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville