Medal of Honor

Presentation:  To His Family at the White House

By President Richard M. Nixon - Apr 22, 1971

Buried at:  Liberty Hill Cemetery, Florala, Alabama

 

EVANS, RODNEY J. *

 

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

 

Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 18 July 1969

 

Entered service at: Montgomery, Alabama

 

Born: 17 July 1948, Chelsea, Massachusetts

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Evans distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while serving as a squad leader in a reconnaissance sweep through heavy vegetation to reconnoiter a strong enemy position. As the force approached a well-defined trail, the platoon scout warned that the trail was boobytrapped. Sgt. Evans led his squad on a route parallel to the trail. The force had started to move forward when a nearby squad was hit by the blast of a concealed mine. Looking to his right Sgt. Evans saw a second enemy device. With complete disregard for his safety he shouted a warning to his men, dived to the ground and crawled toward the mine. Just as he reached it an enemy soldier detonated the explosive and Sgt. Evans absorbed the full impact with his body. His gallant and selfless action saved his comrades from probable death or injury and served as an inspiration to his entire unit. Sgt. Evans' gallantry in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 


 The following message was received on 24 July 2000:

 

What a great site! Ft. Hood is the home of the 1st Cav Div and recently built a new softball complex behind the Soldiers Dome rec area. The softball complex is named for Rodney Evans and there is a nice memorial at the pedestrian's entrance with his photo. This month the Amateur Softball Association held the Texas State Tournament for Men's Class B softball there. Teams from all over Texas attended (almost all civilian) and I saw many of them stopping at the memorial as they entered.

 

Michael DeHart

Killeen, Texas


 

 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: EVANS

First name: RODNEY JOHN

Home of Record (official): FLORALA

State (official): AL

Date of Birth: Saturday, July 17, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SGT

Serial Number: 417707176

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E5

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B40

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Wednesday, February 19, 1969

Date of Casualty: Friday, July 18, 1969

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Tay Ninh

The Wall: Panel 20W - Row 014


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