WO1 Robert "Robbie" C Hodge was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/29/2004 at the age of 59.5
Manning, SC
Flight Class 69-35
Date of Birth 03/24/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with A/3/17 CAV in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam SPUR 35
This information was provided by Bill Rogers

More detail on this person: Robert C. "Robbie" Hodge, March 24, 1945 - September 26, 2004

Often honored for his work for the disabled, Robert Clifton "Robbie" Hodge will be remembered for his abilities, his selfless spirit, his keen wit and his terrific laughter.

Hodge died in Florence, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, following a lengthy illness. He was 59 years old.

Born in Manning, he was the son of Clifton Hodge and the late Ruby Geddings Hodge. He was a retired disabled United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Highly decorated, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Army Commendation medal and the Army's Aviator Wings.

He was twice named Disabled Veteran of the Year for the State of South Carolina and was a member of the Daedalians Fraternal Organization of Military Pilots.

He was a former insurance agent with Goldsmith Insurance and served on the Clarendon County Council from 1982 to 1988.

Senator John Land remembered Hodge from their childhoods.

Robbie was a very fine gentleman, he served his country and served faithfully as a member of the County Council. He did an excellent job on council and worked hard for the people of the county. I always admired Robbie because he enjoyed life to the fullest and never let his handicap get in his way.

Tommy Gales was Hodge's co-worker in the insurance business.

"Robbie and I worked together for six years here at Goldsmith and then he went into business for himself," Gales said. "After he went into business for himself, we always stayed in touch because we were both big Clemson Tiger fans. He loved those Tigers and when he could, he'd be sitting in Death Valley cheering them on. I remember I gave Robbie a golf cart to help him get around but Robbie really didn't need it because he could do most anything he wanted to."

Woody Nesbitt was a lifelong friend of Robbie Hodge.

"Robbie and I go back when we were both teenagers," Nesbitt said. "I was an Army helicopter pilot and he came to visit me, saw what I was doing and the next thing I knew he enlisted and enrolled in pilot's school. He was twice named Disable Veteran of the Year in the late 1970s. He was awarded many metals and awards for his time in the service. He was a good friend, he lived life the way he wanted to live it and you've got to respect that. The one thing I just recently found out was, he was a qualified scuba diver, which shows he did what he wanted to do no matter what the circumstances were."

Surviving besides his father of Alcolu are two sons, Rob (Leslie) Hodge of Hickory, N.C. and Badge (Laura) Baker of Florence; a sister, Barbara (Jim) Walker of Surfside Beach; two daughters, Mitzi (Bryant) Boyce of Florence and Lynn Dickson of Manning; five grandchildren and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Shirer Hodge.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu. The Rev. William J. Holmes officiated, assisted by the Rev. Kirk Carlyle.

Burial with full military honors followed in the Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alcolu.

Memorials may be made to Free Will Baptist Home for Children, P.O. Box 229, Turbeville, S.C. 29169 or to Camp Happy Days, c/o Happy Days and Special Times, 622 Ashley Hall Road, Charleston, S.C. 29407.

Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory of Manning was in charge of the arrangements.

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