Rattler/Firebird Association

John Arlington Rodgers

Name John Arlington Rodgers
Rank/Grade SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
Age 25
Marital Status Single
Race Caucasian
Gender Male
Date of Birth Jul 6, 1942
From Fontana, California
Length of Service 1 year
Tour Began Oct 12, 1967
Casualty Date Apr 20, 1968
Hostile/Non-Hostile   HOSTILE
Body Recovered Yes
Religion Episcopal, Anglican

Vietnam Memorial


Panel 51E - - Line 12
John Arlington Rodgers

Visitor Comments

Posted by:Ron Seabolt
Date:Tuesday, June 25, 2002 7:20 PM UTC
Comments:John Rodgers and Larry Mack were members of the snakedoctor crew that were killed in action while trying to aid a downed aircraft. RIP!

Posted by:James J Hansen
Date:Wednesday, November 6, 2002 1:27 AM UTC
Relationship:Good Friend
Comments:John and i always had fun when the doughnut dollies brought there games around he was very intelligent and a great loss to me and the world.

Posted by:Elizabeth Rodgers
Date:Thursday, May 22, 2003 4:17 PM UTC
Comments:I can't tell you how nice it is to find someone who knew John. He was my big brother and my best friend... Thank you for being his friend


Posted by:Steven Stallings
Date:Tuesday, May 13, 2008 4:40 AM UTC
Comments:I recentley volunteered at the Vietnam Moving Wall when it came to Fontana, and was so moved by the inspiration of it all that I have made my own memorial to the boys of Fontana who gave the ultimate sacrifice to be diplayed forever at the Fontana VFW on memorial day. Thank You JOHN

Posted by:jim wright
Date:Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:16 AM UTC
Relationship:made a monument for john
From:san jacinto
Comments:i recently made 26 monuments for fontana vfw honor walk.johns was one of the 26.by making and engraving the 26 monuments i feel like ive got to know a little bit about each one of them.i was honored to do the job and if you havnt seen honor walk its as beutiful and prestigous as any war memorial.

Posted by:Marsden F. Sanford Sr.
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2012 3:43 PM UTC
From:Oakdale Ct
Comments:I went to Ft. Eustis with John and learned about the UH1D helicopter and always looked up to, and respected him. He was a true professional soldier. Even though his prefix was (U.S.draftee) he was still a committed soldier to his profession. He taught me alot. We were stationed in Viet Nam Matainence for awhile untill I started flying, and he even questioned me jokingly about if I really wanted to join the flight platoon. And when he was asked to crew the "Snake Dr." I could hardly believe he took the offer, but they were in need of a good man. And he stepped up to the plate. When I heard of the tragic day he was killed I was horrified. I think of him very often, may you rest in peace John, you was a good friend.

Posted by:Roger Hardy
Date:Wednesday, January 21, 2015 11:52 PM UTC
Relationship:Snake Doctor crew member
From:Kent, WA
Comments:John was a great crew member and friend. That fateful day Larry Mack, John and I rigged a helicopter for extraction. As the Snake Doctor was coming in to pick us up a explosion changed everything. I was the only survivor.
RIP my friend. I will never forget.

Posted by:Bill Hunter
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2015 6:15 PM UTC
Relationship:college friend
Comments:We became friends during college days at San Jose State, and remained friends after graduation. We drank a lot of beers we did. I still think of him nearly every day.
JR was truly a gentle man. He had planned to be a geologist. He always laughed that no self-respecting girl would want to be married to a guy who studied rocks. Then my wife would tell him say that any girl would be incredibly lucky to find a guy like John. That he died in a theater of war is so incongruous to the kind of person he truly was.


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