Rodolfo Marciano Gonzalez

VMO-6, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
12 July 1944 - 14 November 1966
Harlingen, Texas
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Combat Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Rodolfo Marciano Gonzalez

06 Aug 2005


Rodolfo (Rudy) and I attended school together. We were from the barrio. He joined the Corps before I did. I never got the chance to meet him while in the Corps. Rudy was a gunner on a chopper from what I was told. When I returned from my first tour of duty to "el valle" his cousin and a close friend of mine, Chuy Ramos, asked me if I could be a pallbearer for Rudy's funeral. He asked because I was a Marine and he wanted someone who knew Rudy in the Marine Detail. At first, I was sad to hear that he had been killed in Vietnam. I quickly but hesitantly agreed. I had just arrived from Vietnam and my uniforms were not ready, but nonetheless, I had to get my "greens" ready even if they did not have the NCO stripes. At the funeral services, I learned that Rudy had died on November 14, 1966. I was still in the bush at the time his chopper went down. I wondered why it had taken so long for his body to arrive.

I remember Rudy being quiet and very strict. He was the punctual type. Good Marine material.

Arturo Garza

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three men from VMO-6 died on 14 November 1966 when their UH-1E (BuNo 151873) was shot down while conducting a strafing run:
  • Capt Leon G. Chadwick, Raleigh, NC, pilot (Silver Star)
  • Sgt Daniel M. Bennett, Boynton Beach, FL, aircrewman
  • Cpl Rodolfo M. Gonzalez, Harlingen, TX, aircrewman

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend from the barrio,
Arturo Garza
6 Aug 2005

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Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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