DONALD B RODDY
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HONORED ON PANEL 3E, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

DONALD BARRETT RODDY

WALL NAME

DONALD B RODDY

PANEL / LINE

3E/61

DATE OF BIRTH

03/07/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/15/1965

HOME OF RECORD

ANN ARBOR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washtenaw County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD BARRETT RODDY
POSTED ON 9.27.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Donald Roddy, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Autumn. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Donald Roddy

Thank you, Vietnam War veterans

As a 1976 high school graduate, I missed out on the Vietnam War by three very short years. Rarely does a day go by that I don't think of that. Post high school, as a late teen and through my early twenties, I was a carefree, immature kid with little to nothing of importance on my mind. To picture myself transported during that time to some foreign jungle, weapon in hand, trained to kill or be killed is unimaginable. To have actually been there -- too much to bear.
I once Googled my name, and was startled to discover there is a Donald Roddy on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. From Ann Arbor, Michigan, Donald entered the Army in January 1965, began his tour of duty in Vietnam in August, and was killed in November. Taking my breath away, I thought of his family, and then I thought of mine, and then I cried.
Would I be who I am today had I served in battle in Vietnam? Would I be sane? Would I be alive? Looking back at my life's path these near 50 years, I know for certain it would have been severely altered. From college to the coast, marriage, kids, home and peace; something would likely be missing. Donald would be 78 years old today had he lived. Who would he be?
You can disagree with the decisions of government in regard to war, but we must always be appreciative of the soldiers and their families for such incredible sacrifice. Thank you, Donald and the Roddy family of Ann Arbor. Thank you to all who have served!

Donald Roddy
Garibaldi, Oregon
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POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Donald Roddy

Name

This remains as true for me today, and always, as first written 7 years ago ...
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POSTED ON 3.24.2021
POSTED BY: Bev Peet

Hi Don from Bev Reynolds! Missed seeing you after all these years!

Don Roddy sat in front of me in our Physical Science Class at A2 High taught by Mr. Scruggs. He sat next to Terry Jones. He used to take good notes and always wore a pencil on his ear and he answered my questions when I missed something Mr. Scruggs said. He used to tease me and call me by my last name, “Reynolds!” He was a big guy with a big heart, a big smile and a big personality and I have really missed him all these years! He invited me and my boyfriend, now my husband who also served in Vietnam, to his going away party before he left for Vietnam. Lots of kids from high school showed up and we met his parents who were very nice! I think they lived on Main St. just down from the Michigan Stadium. We went to a movie about one of the largest battles in Vietnam. At the end of the movie Don’s name flashed across the screen along with many more who were KIA in the same unfortunate battle. Don, I often thought about you and your parents and how difficult your loss must have been for them when you were so young. I can relate as I lost my father in 1944 in Normandy during WWII before I was born. It was very difficult and I lost another step father and my mother all before I was 16. I would like to thank you for making The Greatest Sacrifice, Giving Your Life For Our Freedom! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! RIP, Don, and I hope to see you on the other side! It could be sooner than we all think! Please put in a good word to Our Lord for me!

Love,

Bev Reynolds
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POSTED ON 3.1.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 78th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

GARRYOWEN
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