Rodney Dale Staton

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
21 November 1942 - 27 December 1966
Guyan, West Virginia
Panel 13E Line 087



Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Rodney Dale Staton

30 Jun 2001

Rodney was my brother-in-law and an outstanding young man and I will always remember him. When he got his orders to go to Vietnam my sister was seven months pregnant so he asked for and received a 60 day deferment. His son was born on July 2, 1966, and he shipped out in September. Rodney was killed December 27, 1966.

If anyone who reads this served with Rodney I would like to talk with them.

Robert Bolen
1237 Peachtree Dr, Suffolk, Va. 23434

6 Aug 2004

I was only 7 years old at the time my brother's life was taken but I know that he was a very loving person. There's not too much I can remember about him but I know he would always pick at me when he was around and that is in my heart and mind forever. And it is a joy to know his son and for him to visit with my mom, dad and family. He left behind some joy and happiness to his family through his son ... and thanks to the man that put this on here about MY brother ... May God Bless You And Keep You ... Naomi

From his sister,
Naomi Staton Graham
E-mail address is not available.

10 Jun 2005

My name is Sharon Salyers, and I was married to Rodney at the time of his death. Rodney and I were married 4 years and had a son at the time of his death. I would like to thank my brother for starting this site, I was not aware that he had done this. If anyone knew Rodney, please conact me at the e-mail address below.

From his wife,
Sharon Salyers

September 1, 2005

I am Sue Lynn, Rodney's oldest sister. Rodney was 2 years and 2 months older than me. We grew up together and played many days together. I have a lot of fond memories of my brother. He was a loving and kind brother. I still think of him often and have miss him much. Thanks for this memorial for my brother.


From his sister,
Sue Staton Lynn

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Landing Zone Bird was located in a bend in the Kim Son River about 10 miles southwest of Phu Cat in Binh Dinh Province. On 27 Dec 1966 the position was occupied by two artillery batteries (Bravo 2/19 with 105s and Charlie 6/16 with 155s) and C Company, 1/12 Cavalry. A ferocious fight ensued when LZ Bird was attacked by three battalions from the 22nd NVA Regiment.

Kelley's Where We Were in Vietnam incorrectly places the battle on Christmas Day, and has Charlie 2/12 Cav as the rifle company securing the base. He further reports that 58 Americans were killed in the battle, with 77 more wounded, at a cost to the North Vietnamese of 266 dead.

The US casualty list was bad enough - 28 men killed in action - but it is less than half that reported by Kelley:

  • Charlie 1/12th Cav lost 15 men;
  • Charlie 6/16th Arty lost 4 men;
  • Supporting helicopter units lost 2 men; and
  • B Battery, 2/19th Arty, lost 7 men:
    • SSG Rodney D. Staton, Guyan, WV
    • SGT Daniel L. Miracle, Williamstown, WV
    • CPL Ronald R. Conn, Tyler, TX
    • PFC Samuel Q. Asher, Milford, OH
    • PFC Anthony C. Coffaro, New Brunswick, NJ
    • PFC Richard A. Knaus, Cheektowaga, NY
    • PFC Donald H. Lederhaus, Milwaukee, WI

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