VIETNAM - RODGERS, JOHN CARL

Rodgers, John Carl

VIETNAM - RODGERS, JOHN CARL
RODGERS, JOHN CARL

Rank: Specialist 4

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

MOS: 11C – Indirect Fire Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 8-Nov-1949

Hometown: Lumberton, North Carolina

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 25-Jan-1968

Start of tour: 12-Jul-1968

Incident date: 15-Aug-1969

Date of casualty: 18-Aug-1969

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
John Carl Rodgers died as a result of wounds received while at fire support base when the area came under mortar attack by a hostile force. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / At fire support base (FSB).  Area came under hostile mortar attack.  Individual admitted to 2d Surgical Hospital, Lai Khe, on 15 Aug 1969 at 0200 hrs, placed on Serious Injured (SI) list on 15 Aug 1969 at 0800 hrs, taken off SI list and placed on Very Serious Injured (VSI) list on 16 Aug 1969 at 1000 hrs, and later expired.  Incident occurred on 15 Aug 1969 at 0130 hrs.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 John Carl Rodgers
SP4 Bruce Allen Ugelstad

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 730 070

Place of interment: Gardens of Faith, Lumberton, North Carolina, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 19W 063 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR JOHN CARL RODGERS
13 AUGUST 1969
C TROOP, 1st SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Rodgers distinguished himself by heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force on 13 August 1969 while serving as a mortarman with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while in a laager position at Fire Support Base John, the troop came under an enemy mortar attack. Specialist Rodgers quickly organized his mortar squad and began placing counter-fire on the hostile emplacements. On several occasions he was knocked to the ground by impacting mortar rounds and his squad scattered to nearby bunker positions. Nevertheless, he repeatedly regrouped his men and continued to direct accurate fire on the enemy. He remained at his position until the hostile fire had been silenced even though he sustained wounds which later proved to be fatal, Specialist Four Rodger’s courage, determination and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 2624 (4 October 1969)

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