The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*DAVIS, RODNEY MAXWELL
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Marine Corps, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and
date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 6 September 1967. Entered service
at: Macon, Ga. Born: 7 April 1942, Macon, Ga.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as the right guide of the 2d Platoon, Company B, in action
against enemy forces. Elements of the 2d Platoon were pinned down by a numerically
superior force of attacking North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Remnants of the platoon were
located in a trench line where Sgt. 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, Sgt. Davis 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, Sgt. 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, Sgt. Davis saved his comrades from injury and possible loss of life,
enabled his platoon to hold its vital position, and upheld the highest traditions of the
Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.