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Rodney Maxwell Davis



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Linwood Cemetery

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Born:  April 07, 1942 at Macon, GA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Macon, GA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism September 06, 1967 at Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Died:  September 06, 1967 at the age of 25

Elements of Sergeant Davis' platoon were pinned down by a numerically superior force of attacking North Vietnamese Army Regulars near Quang Nam Province. Remnants of the platoon were located in a trench line where Sergeant 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, he 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, Sergeant 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, Sergeant Davis saved his comrades from injury and possible loss of life, and enabled his platoon to hold its vital position. He gallantly gave his life for his country.



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