In he entered the Prussian Army and was commissioned on March 16, ; he was in the military riding academy from to , as well as being deputy aide-de-camp in the war.
He was known in the world of sport as one of the foremost race riders, winning many high honors. On Christmas day in Bodo received from his Royal Highness the Grandduke, the Mecklenburgian distinguished service medal second class and the Iron Cross second class.
In spite of winning at the races, he could not afford in the long run the inevitable high expenses of racing, not being independently wealthy. He resigned in and emigrated to the United States, settling first in Quincy, Adams County, Wisconsin, where served as an aide to a Prince, according to family tradition. Bodo has not been found in any passenger list, but a Declaration of Intent in Adams Co. Bulow made an oath that he was born in the Empire of Germany in , that he emigrated to the US, landed at the port of New York, in , and renounces allegiance to William 1st, Emperor of Germany.
Their first two children, born in Quincy, were Elisabeth, born , and Susanna, born in Susana died seven months later. In the Prince apparently returned to Germany, and Bodo moved his family of three to Chicago, where he took over a transport office in that city. The census lists Bodo as a Teamster. Soon after the move to Chicago, their third daughter Gertrude, was born, but she also died as an infant. Their first son, Werner, was born in , followed in by Carl, and in by Ernst.
He died on December 16, , at age fifty-one, just nine years after his youngest child was born. He died of Uremia, but it is possible that his war injuries also contributed to his death. Her oldest child, Elisabeth, was nineteen, and working as a stenographer. Werner, the oldest son, was just fifteen. It was up to him to help support the family. He learned the art of diamond cutting and got a job at Juergens and Anderson Co. Carl, who was thirteen and Ernst, age nine, were probably still in school.
After most of her children were married, Henriette moved to California to live with her daughter, Elizabeth, and lived out her life there, dying in