Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Corporal 1
26 Mar 1951 1
26 Jun 1970 1

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Full Name:
Rodney Lee Koerner 1
26 Mar 1951 1
Male 1
26 Jun 1970 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 19 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 26 Jun 1970 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Hometown: Le Mars, IA 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Corporal 1
1st Bn 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
+ E3 1
Major Command:
101st Abn Div 1
506th Infantry 1
Army 1
Medical Corpsman (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
26 Feb 1970 1
Lutheran (also Missouri Synod) 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 96 1
Panel: 09W 1

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  Jackie Taylor

Honoring Your Memory Today On Your Birthday.
Mar 26, 2010   Fellow Eagle
THE BROTHERHOOD OF EAGLES SALUTES YOU. I know the perils you faced and the strength you possessed. You stood tall, answered your countryÆs call, and gave all that you had for your brothers and country. You were part of the greatest unit ever, and IÆm proud to be of the same Brotherhood that you served with honor and courage. You are not forgotten, nor will you ever be forgotten, as you will remain forever in the memory of every Screaming Eagle that has ôBeen There and Done Thatö. We will all meet again when all of the Eagles are called home. Continue to stand tall my brother, for you are still in Eagle Country and now soaring with the elite. A Fellow Eagle, 2/506th (Currahee), 101st Airborne, RVN (A Shau Valley & DMZ),68-69.
Monday, June 26, 2006   Manuel Pino 2/8 Bco 1st Cav-68-69
Fellow Medic
The proud young valor that rose above the mortal and then, at last, was mortal after all. Rest in peace.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006   Donna Jones
Grateful American Citizen
Thank you, CPL Koerner!
CPL Koerner gave everything he had 32 years ago today and deserves recognition! Never had the pleasure of meeting him and thousands of other brave kids like him. Sorry they never had a chance to grow old and enjoy the freedom they paid so dearly for. Had it not been for the Vietnam intervention, the nation would have had to fight more wars in the 1980's to stem the spread of Communism. You did your job well my heroes. Thank you, I stand in awe of your courage!
Wednesday, June 26, 2002   Gary beach
Aroura, Co 80018 usa
You are missed my old friend! I recall the days we played and laughed togather!You have givin everthing for are freedom.I thank you for that!You well never be forgot by me!AIRBORNE!
Sunday, February 23, 2003   Remembrance photo provided by LeMars Alumni Carolyn Vance   Posted by: Shari Kirkpatrick
Relationship: Call for Photos Iowa
Thursday, December 13, 2012   We Remember Rodney is buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Seney, Plymouth County,IA. Posted by: Robert Sage

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers Posted by: Bill Nelson
Relationship: NamVet 2/502 Inf 101 Abn 69-70
Friday, May 5, 2006   Not forgotten Rodney, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today. Posted by: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
Relationship: Fellow vet
Sunday, June 26, 2005

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