In Memory of U.S. Army First Lieutenant
Rodney R. Green
Box Elder, South Dakota, Pennington County
October 3, 1947 – February 18, 1969
Killed in Action in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam
Rodney R. Green was born on October 3, 1947, at Greenfield,
Ohio to Wendell Lamar and Betty Jane (Pedgion) Green. His father
was in the Air Force. He had been with his father in a least two
foreign deployments, Panama, from 1948-1950 and Okinawa from
1959-1962. At some point after, Wendell was transferred to
Ellsworth Air Force Base where Rodney graduated from Douglas
High School in 1965, excelling in math and science. He enjoyed
music, even playing guitar in a band prior to entering the
service. He also played football, tennis, and golf.
Rodney Green married Yolanda Vallagomez and in addition to
his step-children, Yolanda Ervin and Joe Lee Ervin, he had a son, Parish Green, who was born on June 14, 1967.
Rodney entered the service on December 5, 1966, at Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, at which time he gave as his home address
Ellsworth Air Force Base. First tested on December 8, 1966,
Rodney was recommended for Officer Candidate School. He did his
basic combat training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and then went on
to Fort Ord, California for advanced training. Rodney went to
Infantry School from May of 1967 until October 31, 1967, at Fort
Benning, Georgia. Discharged on October 31, 1967, he accepted a
commission as a second lieutenant. He was then an instructor in
the Rangers at Fort Benning, until he went overseas to Vietnam
on October 28, 1968, at which time he was promoted to first
lieutenant and was a platoon leader for Company C, 4th
Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal
Division. At the same time, his father was stationed at Clark
Air Force Base in the Philippines.
On February 18, 1969, First Lieutenant Rodney R. Green “died
in Vietnam as a result of wounds received while on a combat
operation when hit by fragments from a hostile booby trap.” Both
his wife, Yolanda, and his parents were notified by Western
Union telegram. His father, T/Sgt. Wendell Green, was granted 30
days of emergency leave to serve as military escort for his
son’s remains. After a funeral service, Rodney R. Green was
buried with military honors in Wilmington, Ohio, where his
mother was living.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen,
teacher, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 31, 2006.
Information for this entry was provided by military personnel
records. No family contact was established.