ODENDAAL, Jacobus Russell

Corporal (Acting Temporary Sergeant)(later Captain)
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Acting Sergeant Jacobus Odendaal, 40RM Commando, was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for bravery in saving the life of two airmen when an aircraft crashed in a wood on the Isle of Wight [1][1a][Linked Content below].
  • 23 July 1943 listed as Lieutenant [2].
  • October 1944 listed as serving with 43RM Commando [3].
  • 21 May 1946 (Lieutenant) promoted Acting Captain [3].
[1] London Gazette 36001, page 2004 published 4 May 1943.
[1a] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC.
[2] Navy Lists Quarterly 1945 July - Volume 2.
[3] Navy Lists Quarterly 1944 October - Volume 2.
[4] London Gazette 37615, page 3081.
Various references have been found including Commando Association newsletter 50 where his name is listed as John R. Odendaal. Additionally in both the CA newsletter and the Light Blue Lanyard the award is shown as M.B.E. however all of the four sources above show B.E.M.
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