JOHN T. "JACK" HODES
Patriot, Chapter 1919
Patriot John T. “Jack” Hodes, a Korean War wounded Army veteran, died
April 16, 2012 at age 85.
He was born at Fort Laramie, near Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1926 and
grew up in an Army family (his father having been the late General Henry I.
Hodes). Jack was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West
Point, Class of 1949.
He was wounded on April 4, 1951 at Chunchon, Korea when assigned to Company
F, 8th Cavalry Regt., 1st Cavalry Division. He also had overseas assignments
in Germany and Vietnam during his 30 years active duty before retiring in
the grade of Colonel at Fort Hood, Texas.
At Fort Hood, Colonel Hodes founded and helped build the first two
recreational horse stables at West Fort Hood and one at Fort Hood.
After retirement in Killeen, he organized and founded the First
Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood; he also earned a teaching certificate
from Mary Hardin-Baylor and then taught math at Ellison High School for
He later moved to Austin where he has been a member of Chapter 1919, the
Military Order of the Purple Heart since 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alma Russ Hodes, and their
eight children. Memorial Mass was held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic
Church, Austin, Texas, and burial with military honors was in the National
Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.