Drake, Rodney George


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: B Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 25-Jan-1945

Hometown: Clare, Illinois

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 21-Oct-1965

Start of tour: 19-Aug-1966

Incident date: 12-Jan-1967

Date of casualty: 12-Jan-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Other Accident. Accidental homicide.
Rodney George Drake carrying several weapons up a ladder to guard tower, when one weapon fell, hit the ground and discharged hitting EM.

Location of fatality: South Vietnam

Place of interment: Mayfield Congregational Cemetery, Kingston, Illinois, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14E 014 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)