Rodney J. Evans Historical

Rodney J. Evans Historical (HM1VM9)

Location: Andalusia, AL 36420 Covington County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 18.586', W 86° 28.577'

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Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st
Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry
Division, Tay Ninh Province, Republic
of Vietnam, 18 July 1969.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sgt. Evans distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while serving as squad leader in a reconnaissance sweep through heavy vegetation to reconnoiter a strong enemy position. As the force approached a well defined trail, the platoon scout warned that the trail was booby-trapped. Sgt Evans led his squad on a route parallel to the trail. The force had started to move forward when a nearby squad was hit by the blast of a concealed mine. Looking to his right Sgt. Evans saw a second enemy device. With complete disregard for his safety he shouted a warning to his men, dived to the ground and crawled forward to the mine. Just as he reached it an enemy soldier detonated the explosive and Sgt. Evans absorbed the full impact with his body. His gallant and selfless action saved his comrades from probable death or injury and served as an inspiration to his entire unit. Sgt. Evans' gallantry in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit. and the U.S. Army.
HM NumberHM1VM9
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Date Added Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 549835 N 3464051
Decimal Degrees31.30976667, -86.47628333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 18.586', W 86° 28.577'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 18' 35.16" N, 86° 28' 34.62" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-418 College St, Andalusia AL 36420, US
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