SGT - E5 - U.S. Army
Age 28, Married
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile
Born: May 16, 1937
From Miami, Florida
Tour began August 16, 1965
Died: Wednesday, November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley - South Vietnam
Cause: Small Arms Fire
From the book, "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young," PFC James Shadden was quoted, "I had carried the base plate a long ways. Sergeant Amodias, true to his word, took the base plate, gave me the sights, and went in front of me. When the enemy sprung the ambush, Amodias was killed instantly."
From the Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington, November 22, 1965
"Mrs Osvaldo Amodias, 214 A St. SW, received word Friday, that her husband, Sgt Amodias, 28, died in action in Vietnam, 17 Nov (1965). The body is to be shipped home and services will be held in Tacoma. A native of Cuba, Sgt Amodias was a naturalized American citizen. He had served eight years with the United States Army and had been assigned to the Airmobile Division, First Cavalry, in the Viet Nam area in mid August. Sgt Amodias is survived by his wife and two daughters, Kathleen, 12, and Susan Marine, 10, both students at North Auburn School; his mother, his father and one sister, all in Cuba, and a brother in Florida."