Rodney Glenn Helsel

Corporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 5TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
20 February 1949 - 11 March 1970
St Joseph, Missouri
Panel 13W Line 112

25 INF DIV

5TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Rodney Glenn Helsel

22 Jun 2004

Randy G. Helsel
Photo courtesy of Ralph Laubecher

REMEMBERED

by his comrades in the
5th Inf Rgt
5th Infantry

A Note from The Virtual Wall

B Company, 1/5th Infantry, lost four men to an explosion on 11 March 1970: When the list of servicemen and women who died in Vietnam was compiled in preparation for building the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, an error was made ... Corporal Helsel was listed twice due to a misspelling of his last name. Thus, his name appears twice on Panel 13 West of the Wall - as the last entry on Line 111 as "Rodney G. Heisel" and as the first entry on Line 112 as "Rodney G. Helsel".

Sergeant Coffman's name is next to Cpl Helsel's name on Line 112; Cpl Chappey's name is two lines up; and Cpl Olsen's name is immediately below Helsel and Coffman.

During the engraving of the Wall, a second error was made - and Corporal Helsel's name was engraved a third time on Panel 12 West, Line 005, among the men who died on 16 March 1970:



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart
randy@bobcat.ws 
22 Jun 2004



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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