SGT Bernard "Bodie" Creed honorably served our nation as an infantryman in three wars; World War II, serving as a machine gunner with the 121st Infantry Regiment, participating in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns; Korea, as a Mortar Platoon Sergeant with the 23d Infantry Regiment participating in the UN defensive, UN offensive, CCF Intervention, first UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive and Second Korean Winter Campaign, and in Vietnam, as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Delta Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
Sergeant Bernard James Creed was a distinguished member of the "Greatest Generation". Barely out of high school, Bodie Creed enlisted in the Army, just in time to fight the Axis in Europe. After World War II our Nation called upon him again where he served as an Infantryman in the Korean Conflict. SGT Creed honorably left the service in 1952 only to return in 1961 because being Infantryman was all he knew. In August of 1965, and having just turned 40, Sergeant Bernard "Bodie" Creed was off to war again, serving as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Sergeant Creed was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor (2d Oak Leaf Cluster) for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 17 November 1965 in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Creed was cited for valor for being instrumental in repelling numerous attacks of an estimated North Vietnamese battalion while engaged in close heavy fighting in the IA Drang Valley. Sergeant Creed repeatedly exposed himself to intense enemy fire until he was mortally wounded. He died along with 155 troopers of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division in the tall green grass of the IA Drang Valley. On 8 December 1965 Sergeant Creed's body was returned to his family in Columbus, Georgia with his finally resting place at Arlington National Cemetery with all of America's other heroes.
In his honor, CSU has maintained the SGT James Creed Memorial Scholarship since August 2015. The scholarship awards up to $4,750 annually to students enrolled in the Columbus State University ROTC Fund.
Previous Scholarship Recipients:
2015: Cadet Niesha N. Lynch
2016: Cadet Samantha J. Miller
2017: Cadet Persia S. Tillman
Gifts to the Creed Scholarship allow ROTC students to reach new heights and follow the tradition of achieving distinction through service that SGT Creed created through his legacy of selflessness and heroism. Please make your gift to today and help CSU's ROTC program continue to empower students to become leaders who will shape the world around them.