Biography

Bodey, Jan [Pvt bodyguard 1stMR]

Puller enlisted the help of Jones in finding another important recruit --- “shotgun,” or bodyguard, to ride in the jeep with them in Korea. Jones found him quickly: Jan Bodey, a San Francisco iceman in civilian life who had spent years in the Corps, and had gone out after World War II, the result of a San Diego street fight in which he had allegedly tied tow sailors together by their arms. He was now back as a Frisco Reservist, and was reputed to be the strongest man in the Marines, as well as an expert with small arms.


3 September 1950

Puller spent one day visiting his troops at Camp Otsu.  It was the first opportunity to ride the Sergeant Orville W. Jones, the driver he had picked out at Pendleton. The strapping veteran of Okinawa maneuvered along the crowed road with speed and aggressiveness, attributes that immediately endeared him to his new boss.  The other Marine that soon became a fixture on Chesty’s personal staff was Sergeant Jan Bodey, a recently mobilized reservist who also had fought in World War II.   He was an expert with small arms and had a reputation for toughness that made him an ideal bodyguard.