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Odis Fortner (b. September 03, 1920, d. September 28, 2002)Odis Fortner (son of Walter Demetrious Fortner and Mary Jane Burleson) was born September 03, 1920 in Hanna, OK, and died September 28, 2002 in West Sacramento, CA.He married Genieva James.
Notes for Odis Fortner:
Peacefully passed away at his home in West Sacramento on Saturday, September 28, 2002. Beloved husband of Geneva of 61 years. Loving father of Shirley & her husband Ted Asher, Leon & his wife Carol Fortner, and Dale & his wife Judy Fortner. Devoted grandfather of 8, and great-grandfather of 9. Odis served in the United States Marines, 3rd Division during WWII. He resided in Redwood Valley, Ukiah, CA from 1952 to 1966. A native of Hanna, OK, age 82. Friends are welcome for visitation on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 from 4:00-8:00 PM, and to attend a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 2:00 PM, at EAST LAWN MORTUARY, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. Interment will follow at Sierra Hills Cemetery. Remembrance may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 160126, Sacramento, CA 95816-0126.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 10/1/2002.
From a newspaper clipping;
Keeps Iwo Jima Tanks Fighting
(By Sergeant Harold A. Breard, Marine Corps Combat Correspondent.)
IWO JIMA (Delayed),--Brentwood, California, contributed one of the maintenance men who kept sending the tanks of the Third Marine division back into the fight against the toughest Japanese positions in our drive northward to the sea through the center of the enemy's line.
He is Marine Sergeant Odis Fortner, mechanic and chief of a repair section with the Third Tank Battalion.
The tanks were forced to operate in the open against a heavily fortified and well armed enemy. The scant growth found on this barren island offered no concealment for flanking maneuvers. The tanks had to go ahead on against Jap emplacements and pillboxes.
As a consequence, they were badly mauled. By the time the division reached the objective, the sea, there was not a tank in the battalion that had not been in the repair shop at least once.
The maintenance men worked as never before, sealing shell holes in armor with welding torches, plugging leaks in radiators, repairing damaged motors, realigning bogie wheels, and replacing blown off tracks. What they lacked in replacement parts, they made.
Tanks that were hopelessly disabled by shell-fire and flames were hauled back to the repair shop, and Sergeant Fortner and his men utilized parts of them to keep the remaining tanks at the front.
Sergeant Fortner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Fortner.
This clipping was found in the estate of his sister Marie Fortner-Cunningham in 2002.
More About Odis Fortner:
Burial 1: October 03, 2002, East Lawn Mortuary Chapel, Sacramento, CA.
Burial 2: October 03, 2002, East Lawn Mortuary Chapel 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA.
More About Odis Fortner and Genieva James:
Children of Odis Fortner and Genieva James are:
- Shirley Ann Fortner.
- Odis Leon Fortner.
- Walter Dale Fortner.