Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
April 26, 1923 at San Marcos, TX
Service in the US Army from San Antonio, TX
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 09, 1945 at Paco
Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands
December 07, 1990 at the age of 67
Rodriguez engaged in the attack on the Paco Railroad Station,
which was strongly defended by 300 enemy soldiers with
machineguns and rifles, supported by pillboxes, three 20mm guns,
one 37-mm gun and heavy mortars. While making a frontal assault
across an open field, his platoon was halted 100 yards from the
station by intense enemy fire. He left the platoon, accompanied
by PFC John Reese, and continued forward to a house 60 yards
from the objective. Under constant enemy observation the two men
remained in this position for an hour, firing at targets of
opportunity, killing more than 35 Japanese and wounding many
more. Moving closer to the station and finding a group of
Japanese replacements attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened
heavy fire and killed 40 more. They advanced within 20 yards of
the station where PFC Reese provided covering fire while Private
Rodriguez companion killed seven Japanese and destroyed a 20-mm
gun and heavy machinegun with hand grenades. With their
ammunition running low, the two men withdrew, alternately
providing covering fire for each other. During this movement,
PFC Reese was killed by enemy fire as he reloaded his rifle. The
two men killed more than 82 Japanese in the 2 1/2 hour stand.