Davis, Rodney Maxwell, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/B Co
Service Years
1961 - 1967

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Macon
Last Address
Macon

Casualty Date
Sep 06, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Linwood Cemetery - Macon, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26E 008

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1961, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)1st Infantry Training Regiment2nd Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2)Marine Security Guard (MSG)
MCB Camp Pendleton5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1961-1961, 9900, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island/1st Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
  1961-1962, 0300, 1st Infantry Training Regiment/2nd Bn
  1962-1964, 0311, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2)/K Co
  1964-1967, 8156, MSG Detachment London, UK
  1967-1967, 0311, MCB Camp Pendleton/Staging Bn
  1967-1967, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/B Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Swift
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
VINH HUY (3), QUE SON VALLEY 12 KM SW OF THANG BIN 19670906
UTM grid reference is BT104304
2ND PLT
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 1978754

Medal of Honor Citation 
RODNEY MAXWELL DAVIS 
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and Date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 6 September 1967.
Entered Service at: Macon, Ga.
Born :7 April 1942, Macon, Ga.


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as the right guide of the 2d Platoon, Company B, in action against enemy forces. Elements of the 2d Platoon were pinned down by a numerically superior force of attacking North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Remnants of the platoon were located in a trench line where Sgt. Davis was directing the fire of his men in an attempt to repel the enemy attack. Disregarding the enemy hand grenades and high volume of small arms and mortar fire, Sgt. Davis moved from man to man shouting words of encouragement to each of them while firing and throwing grenades at the onrushing enemy. When an enemy grenade landed in the trench in the midst of his men, Sgt. Davis, realizing the gravity of the situation, and in a final valiant act of complete self-sacrifice, instantly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing with his body the full and terrific force of the explosion. Through his extraordinary initiative and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, Sgt. Davis saved his comrades from injury and possible loss of life, enabled his platoon to hold its vital position, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
   
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