Rudolph Rossi

Private First Class
Army of the United States
19 April 1948 - 18 May 1969
Howard Beach, New York
Panel 24W Line 049


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Rudolph Rossi

28 Jan 2005

Operation Lamar Plain began on 15 May 1969 when the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) sent a brigade task force south to Quang Tin Province in order to reinforce the Americal Division. First and Third Platoons of Charlie Company assaulted a small hill north of LZ Professional on 18 May 1969. During the assault Rudy Rossi fired the last round he had for his 90mm recoilless rifle. He then charged an NVA in a spider hole and tossed a hand grendade into the hole. He grabbed the dead enemy soldier's AK-47 and opened fire on another spider hole position. He was then mortally wounded by enemy fire. Rudolph Rossi did not die on Hamburger Hill as his family was led to believe, and as was apparently mentioned in an April 19, 2000, New York Post article by Neil Graves according to a post on another website.

From a Screaming Eagle researcher,
Roger Ables

23 Nov 2006


My name is Joe Easterling and my father's name is David Easterling. My father grew up with Mr. Rossi and I want anyone and everyone to know my father loved him as a great friend and served in DaNang, 20th TASS, 1970-71. Any questions or comments contact me at Thank you.

Joe Easterling

29 Mar 2007

I served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. I was with Rudy on the hill the day he was killed. We were best friends. He was one of the bravest guy's I knew. We were both from New York and we spent a lot of time together. I miss him to this day. I will never forget you, buddy. Rest in peace, Bro.

From a Vietnam vet Co C 1st 501st 1968-1969,
John "New York" Sansone

A Note from The Virtual Wall

A total of seven men were killed in action at Hill 187 where Bravo Company was positioned and at a nearby fortified hill taken by Charlie Company - four infantrymen and three medics:
  • B Company:
  • C Company:
  • HQ Company:
    • SP5 Hans L. Mills, Sterling, IL, medic w/ B/1/501
    • CPL Paul H. Ga Nun, Asbury Park, NJ, medic w/ C/1/501
    • SP4 Russell L. Jett, Hornbeck, LA, medic w/ B/1/501

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a Screaming Eagle researcher,
Roger Ables

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jan 2005
Last updated 08/29/2007