Rodney Eugene Althoff

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
24 October 1946 - 04 November 1966
York, Pennsylvania
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Silver Star

Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Rodney E Althoff
Photo courtesy of
Jim Hontz, C/2/27

The database page for Rodney Eugene Althoff

2 Jul 2002

To my Buddy Rod,
You are with me each and every day and have been since you went away in November 1966.

Your friend , Kirk

SP/5 Kirk D. Stott,
Hq. and Co. A
25th Medical Bn. 25th Infantry Division
Cu Chi, Vietnam

107 Gil Blas Road, Danville, Ca 94526

30 Mar 2003

Rod and I both were medics ... we went through jungle training in Hawaii together and shared a 15-day trip on a troop carrier to Vietnam, arriving in February 1966. We were split up then, but I did see and recognize Rod on November 4, 1966. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Mike Wesley
E-mail will be forwarded by the

20 Jul 2007

My friend and brother Rod, where has the time gone? It has been 40 years and I think of you every day. Remembering the times in Hawaii and in-country when you and I and Danny Ochoa were in C Co, 25th Med before you left for the 2/27th. The nights we talked about home and when we worked in the aid station, with all the wounded that came through. I talk still with your Mom and Dad in York and your absence still is hard. I miss your smile, old friend. Well, just wanted to let you know that you're in all of our thoughts daily. Until we see each other again, God hold you in his hands.

Your friend and brother vet,
"Doc" Paul Pleticha
C Co, 25th Med Bn, 25th Inf Div
Cu Chi, South Vietnam, 66-67

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the beginning of November 1966, operations near the "Black Virgin" Mountain were uncovering very large NVA/VC supply caches. Because the NVA/VC could not afford to lose the supplies, they were forced to fight - and fight they did, beginning with heavy action near Dau Tieng starting on 03 Nov 1966, when 13 US soldiers died in the fighting. It continued on 04 November, with 11 US infantry companies in the field, supported by air and artillery as well as ARVN infantry. By day's end, the NVA/VC commanders realized they could not protect their supply caches and began a withdrawal toward the Cambodian border. Seventeen more US soldiers died in the fighting on 04 Nov 1966:
  • 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • SSG John P. Frankel, Santa Clara, CA, C Co
    • SGT Edward J. Merritt, Philadelphia, PA, B Co
    • SGT Howard L. Walker, Boomer, NC, C Co
    • PFC Carmen P. Cartonia, Buffalo, NY, C Co

  • 1st Bn, 27th Infantry
    • SGT John D. Beltz, St Louis, MO, A Co
    • SP4 Eugene F. Goeckner, Dieterich, IL, A Co
    • PFC Bruce E. Kerndl, Miller Place, NY, A Co

  • 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry
    • LTC William C. Barott, Philadelphia, PA, HQ Co (Silver Star)
    • CPT Gerald F. Currier, Lawrence, MA, C Co
    • 2LT Robert L. Adams, Carlisle, PA, C Co
    • SGT Howard C. Barker, Madison, FL, C Co
    • SP4 Rodney E. Althoff, York, PA, HQ Co (Silver Star)
    • SP4 Aaron L. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA, A Co
    • PFC Lawrence E. Besson, Alexandria, LA, C Co
    • PFC Luis A. Perez-Cruz, Arecibo, PR
    • PVT Jose L. Fontanez-Velez, Rio Piedras, PR, C Co
    • PVT Bobby Young, Viper, KY
Visit John Dennison's
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Kirk D. Stott
107 Gil Blas Road, Danville, Ca 94526

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 2 Jul 2002
Last updated 07/28/2007