Martin Bodrog

Age 54


Martin Bodrog, 54, lived on a quiet, tree-shaded cul-de-sac in Annandale, Va., where family and friends gathered Tuesday.

Jeff Prowse, a close friend of Bodrog and family spokesman, said Bodrog was a hardworking Navy veteran and graduate of the Naval Academy who cared deeply about his family, his friends and his country.

"A heart of gold, and one of the most humble, self-effacing guys," said Prowse, a burly ex-Marine who paused several times to fight back tears as he talked.

"This is just an absolute tragedy for so many reasons," Prowse said.

Prowse worked with Bodrog at the Pentagon on amphibious vessel programs. He said Bodrog was transferred from the Pentagon to the Navy Yard in January.

Bodrog had been married for 25 years to Melanie, whom he met while she was serving on active duty as a Navy nurse. The couple had three daughters, ages 23, 17 and 16.

Prowse and Bodrog shared a love of the Boston Bruins hockey team and he last spoke to his good friend about a week ago.

"We were actually getting ready to figure out our Bruins schedule for the year," said Prowse, who retired from the military and now lives in southwest Virginia.

Bodrog was active in his church, where he started a Bible study and helped lead preschool and youth programs, Prowse said. In the winter, Bodrog could be seen in shorts and his Boston Bruins jersey, shoveling the driveways of elderly neighbors.

"The one thing that always stuck out to me about Marty ... was how absolutely driven he was to make sure that the equipment we were giving our Marines and sailors was absolutely the best he could be," Prowse said. "It was not a job for Marty, it was an absolute calling."


Associated Press writers Amanda Kell, Ben Nuckols, Allen G. Breed, Emery P. Dalesio, Stacy A. Anderson, David Dishneau, Randall Chase and Jessica Gresko contributed to this report.

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Mr. Bodrog was an Ensign when he reported on board USS Richard L Page FFG-5.. I was an RM2 in the COMM division which he was in charge of.. I was always impressed in how he handled himself, a leader that knew how to lead. Most ensigns are either gunshy or cocky when they report for duty, Mr. Bodrog was even keel.. He treated us as professionals, took his que from the Chiefs, and let us be communicators.. Always having our back.. I was looking forward to seeing him in Albany, and his loss...

Family and Friends of Martin Bodrog,
Martin was my Comm Officer aboard USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5) in the early '80s. He was a strong and honorable leader. During the last week of September 2013, the Page Reunion group paid our respects to Martin in Albany, NY, laying flowers in the Hudson River from a WWII Warship. Martin was expected to attend our reunion, and we are deeply saddened by this loss to his family, friends and our nation.

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear love one. May you rely on the fun memories of Mr. Bodrog and allow them to get you through this difficult time. Our Creator has the ability to get you through this and to give you the necessary comfort. May Mr. Bodrog sleep in peace.

Dear Bodrog and other families,
I am sorry for your loss. God bless him and his family.

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations we will face in life. Please take comfort in the knowledge that God has the desire and ability to help us through these most difficult of times and that he remembers our loved ones also. Take care of each other and trust in God's love.

heart felt thoughts go out to you Mrs. Bodrog and your family in this time of sorrow too deep for words god knows all things. May it console you to know others care and pray for your family

sincere sympathy to your family,Our hope is in our loving creator who has said"He is opening his hand and satsfying the desire of every living thing."

Marty Worked with me a Amphibious Group 2. He was a superb officer and a pleasure to work with. He was a good man.
Please accept our heart felt sympathy. If I can be of assistance to you in any way please don't hesitate to let me know.

Rear Admiral, USN (ret)