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RODNEY HERSCHEL GOTT


is honored on Panel 33W, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SSGT Rodney H. Gott

    Posted on 7/23/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    The Douglas C-47 was designed as a transport, gunship, and electronic or regular reconnaissance aircraft, depending on the configuration. The aircraft served in World War II and served French forces in Indochina in the 1950's, and returned to Vietnam at the outset of American involvement there. On February 5, 1969, an EC-47 (electronic surveillance) departed Pleiku Airbase, Republic of Vietnam on a tactical reconnaissance mission over Laos. The aircraft crew included LTC Harry T. Niggle, CAPT Walter F. Burke, MAJ Robert E. Olson, MAJ Homer M. Lynn Jr., MSGT Wilton N. Hatton, SSGT Rodney H. Gott, TSGT Louis J. Clever, SSGT James V. Dorsey Jr., SSGT Hugh L. Sherburn (radio operator on the aircraft), and SGT Clarence L. McNeill. The last radio contact with the aircraft was at 8:10 AM at which time it was located about 21 miles west-northwest of the city of Chavane in Saravane Province, Laos. When the aircraft failed to make a scheduled stop at Phu Bai Airport near Hue shortly before noon, search efforts were initiated to locate the aircraft. During the remainder of the day and for six succeeding days, extensive communication and ramp checks were made, as well as a visual search of the area from the last known position of the aircraft through its intended flight path. Because no information was forthcoming which would reveal the whereabouts of the missing aircraft and crew, the search was then terminated. In the fall of 1969, the wreckage of an EC-47 was located in a jungle-covered mountainous area in the approximate last known location of Sherburn's aircraft. The wreckage site was searched, and remains and a number of items were recovered. These items were later correlated to Sherburn's aircraft. The Department of the Air Force believes that the aircraft was faced with a sudden airborne emergency since the right wing of the aircraft was found some 500 meters from the main wreckage site. It was believed that the engine caught fire causing the wing to separate from the fuselage while the aircraft was still in the air. Further, the Air Force states that although the crew members had parachutes, it is unlikely that the apparent suddenness of the emergency would have permitted anyone to abandon the aircraft. The absence of emergency radio signals further diminished the hope that any of the crew members could have survived. At this time, the Air Force declared the ten men onboard the aircraft to be dead, and so notified the families. The remains found at the crash site were interred in a single grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Military officials told eight of the families that the remains of only two individuals had been identified, but would not reveal those identities to them. (It is assumed that the families of the two individuals identified were informed.) In February 1970, the Sherburn family was informed that the remains found at the crash site were skeletal and commingled and that Air Force identification specialists were unable to determine that they had a composite of ten individuals -- and were unable to establish the identity of any of the remains. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/8/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Rodney Herschel Gott, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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    Posted on 7/19/12 - by Richard H Yeh blk67cougar@comcast.net

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    Posted on 7/19/12 - by Richard H Yeh blk67cougar@comcast.net

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  • The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Posted on 8/8/09 - by David Van Camp dvancamp@sbcglobal.net
    My crew was assembled to replace Rodney and his crew once communication was lost with his EC47. His bunk was across the walkway from mine. A Very Sad Day. I'll always remember that day and the sense of loss we all shared as we replaced his mission.
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