RODNEY J BLACK
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 96 OF THE WALL

RODNEY JOE BLACK

WALL NAME

RODNEY J BLACK

PANEL / LINE

26W/96

DATE OF BIRTH

09/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/02/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ROSWELL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Chaves County

STATE

NM

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RODNEY JOE BLACK
POSTED ON 10.20.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP5 Rodney J. Black

On May 2, 1969, an American supply convoy on its way to the headquarters of the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Quan Loi was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Army unit resulting in four U.S. killed and eleven wounded. The unknown size NVA force attacked with a hail of rocket-propelled grenades and small arms from both sides of the road. The U.S. troops returned fire with machine guns and armored vehicles while helicopter gunships, artillery, and Air Force fighter-bombers provided cover. Infantrymen from a mechanized unit of the 1st Brigade were called in to reinforce the troops during the 30-minute battle. The lost U.S. troopers were SP4 Franklin G. Atkinson Jr. and PFC Luis P. Cruz, infantrymen from A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry; and SP5 Rodney J. Black and SP5 Daniel Carrasco, drivers from the 572nd Transportation Company. Despite the American casualties, U.S. equipment damage was light. A sweep of the area afterwards revealed the bodies of eleven NVA. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Reds Hit Convoy, Kill 4.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, May 5, 1969]
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POSTED ON 3.26.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 5 BLACK,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 4.12.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP5 Rodney Joe Black, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.19.2012
POSTED BY: Bill Black

Rememberance

Rodney liked to hung and fish. Rodney wanted to make the Army a career.

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POSTED ON 11.17.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Rodney is buried at Memorial Cemetery, Amarillo,TX. BSM PH
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