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 Rodney James Takashi Yano

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Rodney James Takashi Yano

Birth
Kealakekua, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA
Death 1 Jan 1969 (aged 25)
Vietnam
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Section W, Grave 614
Memorial ID 7736614 View Source
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Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. On January 1,1969, he was a crew chief on a helicopter with the 11th Armored Air Cavalry that came under attack from small arms and anti aircraft fire. He returned fire and marked the enemy's position with smoke and phosphorus grenades. Within this action a grenade exploded prematurely, covering him with burning phosphorus and causing ammo inside the helicopter to detonate. Despite injuries that included being blinded, he tossed exploding ammo out of the helicopter, saving the aircraft and the lives of his crew. He died of his injuries and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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MEDAL OF HONOR
SFC US ARMY
VIETNAM

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 5 Aug 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7736614
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/7736614/rodney-james_takashi-yano : accessed ), memorial page for Rodney James Takashi Yano (13 Dec 1943–1 Jan 1969), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7736614, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .