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Private, Company A, 362nd Infantry, 91st Division, US Army
Killed by an aerial bomb thrown from German aircraft at Gesnes, Departement de la Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France. Burial at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France.
Entered the service at Windom, Minn., May 27, 1918, and was sent to Camp Lewis, Wash., where he received training for about four weeks and then went to France with his Division. On his arrival in France he was transferred to Co. A, 363rd Inf., 91st Div. If was not long until his Division was sent to the front and on the 29th day of September his Division was ordered to take the town of Gesnes at all costs. On September 29th his company numbered 189 men just before they went over the top at 3:40 P. M. From that time until dark they had lost over 50% of their men, but Gesnes was taken. Private Odegaard was among those killed. He was killed by a bomb dropped from a German aeroplane. He was buried in a field two kilometers southwest of Hill 288, and slightly north of Gesnes.