RODNEY E ALTHOFF
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

RODNEY EUGENE ALTHOFF

WALL NAME

RODNEY E ALTHOFF

PANEL / LINE

12E/17

DATE OF BIRTH

10/24/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

York County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR RODNEY EUGENE ALTHOFF
POSTED ON 9.27.2016

Final Mission of SP4 Rodney E Althoff

Operation Attleboro was a search and destroy operation conducted northwest of Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, RVN, during September 14 – November 24, 1966. While the initial fighting was light, in late October U.S. forces, consisting of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (25th Infantry Division), encountered the 9th Viet Cong Division, resulting in a major three-day battle. It was a slugfest of small units set amid treacherous terrain of tangled forest, overgrown jungle, and booby-trapped elephant grass. In the early afternoon of November 4th, Brigadier General Edward H. de Saussure directed LTC William C. Barrott, commander of the Second Battalion of the 27th, to insert a rifle company at a landing zone called LZ Lima Zulu slightly north of where First Battalion was fighting and conduct a sweep to the sounds of battle until the two units linked up. The mission fell to Charlie Company commanded by CAPT Gerald F. Currier. After insertion, the company formed with Third and Second Platoons in line and abreast, while First and Weapons Platoon were strung out in column behind them. As the company advanced, they moved through an open field and then an abandoned enemy field kitchen. Next they passed through and around a U.S Army aid station where some wounded from the 196th were being treated. The soldiers slogged forward in temperatures well over 100 degrees. After moving through a clearing, Second Platoon became pinned down by enemy fire coming from concealed bunkers. Hearing the fire, CAPT Currier moved up to the point of contact and plopped down amidst the pinned-down platoon. Feeling an urgency to keep the platoons moving forward, and perhaps seeking to set an example for his men, CAPT Currier jumped to his feet. Before he could lunge forward, a machine-gun blast caught him square on and riddled his body from head to belly. As he toppled back, he fell back into his platoon sergeant arms, dead. An instant later, enemy fire swept their position again, killing PFC Robert L. Wright. PFC Luis A. Perez-Cruz was also hit, a tree sniper on the right side putting a bullet through the top of his helmet. The battalion commander, LTC Barrott, had uncharacteristically accompanied his men in the field during the insertion. He too crawled up to the point of contact, borrowed an M-79 grenade launcher from a grenadier, and fired it on two Viet Cong who were visible in the open. After killing one of the VC, Barrott rose to his feet shouting, “Follow me, Charlie Company!” He did not know, however, as he bounded forward that he entered into an enemy fire lane. A machine-gun burst ripped through the upper part of his body, killing him instantly. SGT Howard C. Barker, the company RTO (radio telephone operator), tried to follow. He died the same way. The pinned-down platoon quickly became isolated. PFC Lawrence E. Besson was killed when two LMG’s (light machine guns) blasted at him as he crawled past one of the fire tunnels. His sacrifice allowed his comrades to locate the enemy guns that hit him, and a burst from an American M-60 machine gun on the spot resulted in a prolonged scream from the enemy line. Shortly afterward, PFC Bobbie Young thought he saw a figure moving through the grass from out of the tree line. When he stood to look, a grenade exploded next to his leg, shrapnel smashing into his jaw, and as he toppled, a machine-gun burst killed him. Second Platoon’s medic, SP4 Rodney E Althoff, already wounded by a grenade slug, moved over to see if he could do anything for Young. A bullet killed him before he could get to the dead man. After dark, 2LT Robert L. Adams received a request to take some grenadiers and try to neutralize the enemy bunker line. Despite the danger the task presented, 2LT Adams took it calmly, simply shrugging it off with the words, “I’ll try, but it isn’t much use.” What men, or how many, he took along with him, nobody knows. In the darkness, no one saw them take off. How Adams was killed, and how the patrol was wiped out, are questions unanswerable. They went forth; they did not return. Adams’ body was found later. Later, it was decided that the company would form up together in the dark to pass the night. Only one soldier was lost between this time and the following morning when a relief force finally arrived. PFC Jose L. Fontanez-Velez was killed when a rifle bullet perforated his helmet and skull. The troops later agreed that a tree sniper must have done it. The relief force arrived at 10:50 AM the next morning. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and the book “Ambush” by S.L.A. Marshall]
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POSTED ON 8.28.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS ALTHOFF,
THANK YOU FOR BEING A MEDICAL CORPSMAN. BECAUSE OF YOU, OTHERS LIVED.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.24.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Rodney Eugene Althoff, Served with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
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POSTED ON 11.3.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet WIA

Silver Star Citation (full)

Rodney Eugene Althoff
Date of birth: October 24, 1946
Date of death: November 4, 1966
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, York
Home of record: York Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Rodney Eugene Althoff (ASN: RA-13858503), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Althoff distinguished himself by heroic actions on 4 November 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam. He was attached to Company C as a Platoon Medic on a search and destroy mission in the dense jungles near Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam. As the company moved through the thick jungle underbrush, they received heavy machine gun and automatic weapons fire, and a heavy grenade barrage. Several men were wounded, one of which was Specialist Althoff, who has hit by fragments from an enemy grenade. Refusing to leave the hostile fire zone, and disregarding his own wounds, he moved from man to man, giving them aid and reassurance. While in the process of giving aid to his wounded comrades, Specialist Althoff was wounded a second time from small arms fire, which caused his death. His bravery and complete disregard for his own safety resulted in the saving of lives and the receiving of professional medical aid by the wounded men in his area. Specialist Althoff's aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and unimpeachable valor reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1678 (December 1, 1966)

Action Date: November 4, 1966

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 10.23.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Rodney Eugene Althoff, 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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