LT. MICHAEL C. BODAK, a paratrooper, wounded and captured during the invasion, spent two months in a German hospital before being recaptured by the Allies. He has written his wife, Mrs. Caroline D. Bodak, of Utica, that he is now in American hands and getting medical attention.
[Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 10 Sep 1944, Sun, Page 8]
MICHAEL C. Retired Capt.. In U S. Army, November 21, age 54, of Plymouth. Dear father of Michael 'C; dear brother of Mary, Ann, Helen, Steve and John. Funeral services Friday at 1-30 a.m. at the Schroder Funeral Home, Plymouth. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery it 10 a.m.
[Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 23 Nov 1972, Thu. Page 51p]
Grave marker for
Michael C. Bodak in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 30, Site:
1st Lt. Michael Carl Bodak was captured on June
6, 1944 and on June 7 (D+1) he was part of a group of American
prisoners in a convoy of German trucks. The vehicles were
heading toward Saint Lo when the convoy was mistakenly strafed
by Allied fighter planes.
About 20 men were killed and perhaps 80 were wounded, including
Michael survived the war in POW
camps despite the fact that he had become a paraplegic as a
result of his wounds.
His grave marker indicates that
at some time he was elevated to Captain but the date of
promotion is not known.
Note: although his obituary, at left, stated that interment was
to be in Mount. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, MI, he was actually
interred in Arlington National Cemetery as documented above.