During Reconnaissance the night of April 25th 1967, Rhoads’ unit was ambushed near the DMZ in Tay Ninh Providence, South Vietnam. During the firefight, several members of the armored unit, including Rhoads, were struck by small arms fire from enemy combatants. Rhoads’ injury resulted in a severed upper right humorous which required multiple surgeries for fixation. As a result of injuries during combat, Rhoads was awarded the Purple Heart on April 26, 1968.
Rhoads was serving with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry.
We honor you, David Rhoads.