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is honored on Panel 38E, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Photos

    Posted on 3/19/15 - by Richard Dieterle
    Both photos are from the collection of Doc Don Ferguson, our platoon medic. The orange patch on the top of Clyde Rhinehart's hat is the Cav Patch, the unit insignia of the First Cavalry Division. Having a patch there was an expression of his own individuality and not part of the uniform. In the first photo Rhinehart is seen beside an officer calling in artillery on a not too distant hill. This was in I Corps, the northernmost part of Vietnam in the hill country to the west of Quang Tri. LZ Pedro, where he was killed during a rocket attack, was in the middle of that area. The second photo shows him in front of a tent with sandbags piled high to protect against shrapnel. However, they were no defense against 122 mm rockets which were designed to penetrate armor.
  • Two-Seven Mike

    Posted on 2/6/15 - by Richard "the Deacon" Dieterle
    We all knew Sgt. Rhinehart as "Two-Seven Mike" (27M), a reference to his job as an enlisted Forward Observer (FO). It was his task to call in artillery for our unit when we were in the field, so he was an artilleryman attached to our infantry unit, "A" Co., 1/8 Cavalry, First Air Cavalry Division. He was very good at what he did, but I think he was most appreciated for his gregarious personality. He was always fun to be around and a good conversationalist. On 11 Feb. 68, when we were on LZ Pedro in I Corps, the NVA launched multiple 122mm rocket attacks, including one on this LZ. The DSJ dryly reports for this date, "A [Company] FO, 27-M was hit while in his bunker by a rocket. The individual was KIA." This was a classic case of bad luck. His loss was sorely felt by us all.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Clyde A Rhinehart, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/13/11 - by Robert Sage
    Clyde is buried at Laurelwood Cemetery, Rock Hill, SC. PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/9/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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