Ferris Ansel Rhodes, JrMajor
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
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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,
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.
Ansel was a good friend of mine at Fort Jackson where we were both stationed in 1969-70. I have not forgotten him!
A Note from The Virtual WallAt 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:
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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