Ferris Ansel Rhodes, Jr

Major
HQ CO, 223RD AVN BN, 17TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
19 January 1936 - 14 August 1978
Greenwood, South Carolina
Panel 05W Line 024

1 AVN BDE

223RD CAB
Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ferris Ansel Rhodes, Jr

09 Mar 2006

I have had the honor of adopting Ferris Ansel Rhodes, Jr. through Operation Just Cause.

Words can never express the heartfelt appreciation I have for the men and women who have given all to protect this country's freedom, and mine.

From POW MIA Adoption,
Trish Edwards
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Still Patrolling the Perimeter
by Gary Jacobson

Ghostly soldiers march by one-by-one
Husband, father, brother, son
Hup ... hup ... hup ... go passing men guarding the Wall
Still patrolling the perimeter after these years all.

These men who fear no death
Possess the Wall in spirit and breath
Protecting spirits hover ever near
Patrol in timeless bravery here...

The air hangs silently ... but for trampling feet
Watching mothers bawling tears bittersweet
Others at the memorial bow their head
Give hallowed honor to these marching dead.

A young girl heartbreakingly cried
I wish my father hadn't died
I loved him so
Why didn't he wait till older I grow?

Remember them ... the liberty they wrought
Freedoms with sacred sacrifice they bought.
Salute these heroes marching strong and brave
Honoring lives their father's gave.

Nearby veterans come to attention
Tears in their eyes in solemn admiration
Respectfully in memorial shed rivers of tears
At the heart of a nation their memory sears.

They fought for you ... they fought for me
Their spirit is what kept America free
With love of country they boldly avow
Nam's sweat and blood upon their mighty brow.

See them file by, young as yesterday
Still looking for enemies in this wild fray
Visions of honor and duty swirling in their head
To this land of the free, they've led.

As they pass by, they look back now and then
On a world they gave their lives for, way back when.
Have we made progress on peace they fought for
For which they gave their lives for ... in awful war?

What have we learned
In many years pages one-by-one turned
Since we put those men on that Wall...?
Have we learned anything ... anything at all?

Gary Jacobson
November 2005

12 Oct 2006

I wore CAPT F. A. RHODES MIA bracelet starting in my 9th grade of high school 1973. I never knew anything else about him until today. All of these years I have always wondered about him. Now I know so much more. I am sorry that his body was never found. I will never stop thinking about you, CAPT. F. A. RHODES. May you rest in peace.

Tina Brackins
Tallahassee, Fl. 32310
tina.brackins@myfwc.com

28 Nov 2006

Ansel was a good friend of mine at Fort Jackson where we were both stationed in 1969-70. I have not forgotten him!

Stan Gause
sgause101@bellsouth.net

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At about 0900 03 Jan 1971 a U-6A BEAVER (serial #52-25884) departed Qui Nhon on an administrative support flight to Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam, carrying crewmen from the 61st AHC to collect replacement helicopters for the company. The helicopter crewmen would then fly the helicopters back to Qui Nhon.

At 1120 hours, with the U-6 about 14 miles southeast of Phu Cat, radio and radar contact with the plane was lost. Because the pilot, Captain F. A. Rhodes, had announced plans to remain overnight at Ban Me Thuot, no immediate search was made. When search efforts were begun on 5 January, no trace of the aircraft or its seven occupants could be found. Formal search efforts ended on 9 January 1971.

Seven men were aboard the U-6:

All seven men were placed in MIA status. As time progressed, the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them (on the dates in parentheses) and their status was changed to "Died while Missing". Their remains have not been repatriated.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Trish Edwards
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Mar 2006
Last updated 01/11/2007