|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1946|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1966, Vietnam|
In Memory of….. Sp4 Rodney Eugene Althoff.
*** Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Vietnam. Silver Star and Combat Medic.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
RODNEY EUGENE ALTHOFF - Army - SP4 - E4
Date of Birth Oct 24, 1946
From: YORK, PA
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - His parents were Leo W. Althoff and Doris and he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
***** Photo by: Jim Hontz, C, Co., 2/27
You, are not Forgotten.
Apr 18, 2007
***** RODNEY E. ALTHOFF- Rod, SP/4, Army
Rod was born October 24, 1946. His parents were Leo and Doris and he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He went to York Catholic and enjoyed hunting and stamp collecting. He entered the Army in July, 1965 and went to Vietnam in March, 1966. He was stationed at Dau Theng as a platoon medic. On November 4, 1966, while on a search and destroy mission, he was killed while trying to aid his wounded buddies. Rod was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, and Vietnam Service medals. He was 20 years old
***** Doc, We caught a lot of patrols together and even had bunks in the same hooch. I guess it's not strange we never bothered to learn each others name. When we were on the same patrol I felt better because I knew someone.
We took an awful lot of casualties that day we stepped into Hell, and "A" Co. took a lot the next day. Two guys were awarded the CMH in their attempt to get us out. The Big Red One finally broke through to us. No one who was there will ever forget ATTLEBORO! I finally found out what your name is and I had a chance to visit your parents and some of your family. They are wonderful people and now I know why you were so great. We still keep in touch.
A while ago I met a number of fellow Wolfhounds. They get together in Blackshear every year. We always toast and remember those we lost.
Until We Meet Again!
***** Remembering the times in Hawaii and in-country when you and I and Danny Ochoa were in C Co, 25th Med before you left for the 2/27th. The nights we talked about home and when we worked in the aid station, with all the wounded that came through. I talk still with your Mom and Dad in York and your absence still is hard. I miss your smile, old friend.
Your friend and brother vet,
"Doc" Paul Pleticha
C Co, 25th Med Bn, 25th Inf Div
SP4 - E4 - Army - 25th Infantry Division
Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Mar 17, 1966
Casualty was on Nov 4, 1966
Service: Army (Regular)
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Specialist Four
ID No: 13858503
MOS: 91A10 Medical Corpsman
LenSvc: Between 1 and 2 years
Unit: C CO, 2ND BN, 27TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Start Tour: Thursday, 03/17/1966
Cas Date: Friday, 11/04/1966
Age at Loss: 20
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Panel 12E - Line 17
On November 4, 1966, Sp4 Rodney Eugene Althoff while on a search and destroy mission was killed while trying to aid his wounded buddies.
At the beginning of November 1966, operations near the "Black Virgin" Mountain were uncovering very large NVA/VC supply caches. Because the NVA/VC could not afford to lose the supplies, they were forced to fight - and fight they did, beginning with heavy action near Dau Tieng starting on 03 Nov 1966, when 13 US soldiers died in the fighting. It continued on 04 November, with 11 US infantry companies in the field, supported by air and artillery as well as ARVN infantry. By day's end, the NVA/VC commanders realized they could not protect their supply caches and began a withdrawal toward the Cambodian border. Seventeen more US soldiers died in the fighting on 04 Nov 1966:
2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
SSG John P. Frankel, Santa Clara, CA, C Co
SGT Edward J. Merritt, Philadelphia, PA, B Co
SGT Howard L. Walker, Boomer, NC, C Co
PFC Carmen P. Cartonia, Buffalo, NY, C Co
1st Bn, 27th Infantry
SGT John D. Beltz, St Louis, MO, A Co
SP4 Eugene F. Goeckner, Dieterich, IL, A Co
PFC Bruce E. Kerndl, Miller Place, NY, A Co
2nd Bn, 27th Infantry
LTC William C. Barott, Philadelphia, PA, HQ Co (Silver Star)
CPT Gerald F. Currier, Lawrence, MA, C Co
2LT Robert L. Adams, Carlisle, PA, C Co
SGT Howard C. Barker, Madison, FL, C Co
SP4 Rodney E. Althoff, York, PA, HQ Co (Silver Star)
SP4 Aaron L. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA, A Co
PFC Lawrence E. Besson, Alexandria, LA, C Co
PFC Luis A. Perez-Cruz, Arecibo, PR
PVT Jose L. Fontanez-Velez, Rio Piedras, PR, C Co
PVT Bobby Young, Viper, KY
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Rodney Eugene Althoff (RA13858503), Specialist Fourth Class, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.
Specialist Fourth Class Althoff distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Many thanks to Jim Wray for providing the cemetery name and plot information.
Leo W. Althoff (1921 - 2009)
Holy Saviour Cemetery
Plot: Section D, Lot 28, Grave 1B
Maintained by: Eddieb
Originally Created by: Robert Fowler
Record added: Aug 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56969210