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Andalusia in Covington County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rodney J. Evans

 
 
Rodney J. Evans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 24, 2016
1. Rodney J. Evans Marker
Inscription.
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st
Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry
Division, Tay Ninh Province, Republic
of Vietnam, 18 July 1969.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sgt. Evans distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while serving as squad leader in a reconnaissance sweep through heavy vegetation to reconnoiter a strong enemy position. As the force approached a well defined trail, the platoon scout warned that the trail was booby-trapped. Sgt Evans led his squad on a route parallel to the trail. The force had started to move forward when a nearby squad was hit by the blast of a concealed mine. Looking to his right Sgt. Evans saw a second enemy device. With complete disregard for his safety he shouted a warning to his men, dived to the ground and crawled forward to the mine. Just as he reached it an enemy soldier detonated the explosive and Sgt. Evans absorbed the full impact with his body. His gallant and selfless action saved his comrades from probable death or injury and served as an inspiration to his entire unit. Sgt. Evansí gallantry in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit. and the U.S. Army.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 31° 18.586′ N, 86° 28.577′ W. Marker is in Andalusia, Alabama, in Covington County. Marker
Rodney J. Evans Marker located at Covington County Veterans Memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 24, 2016
2. Rodney J. Evans Marker located at Covington County Veterans Memorial.
Located to the east of the Andalusia City Hall.
can be reached from East 3 Notch Street. Touch for map. Located next to the Covington County Veterans Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 East 3 Notch Street, Andalusia AL 36420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Covington County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Covington County Veterans Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Andalusia City Hall / Three Notch School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Notch Road / Hank and Audrey Williams (approx. 0.3 miles away); First National Bank Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Courthouse Clock Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bank of Andalusia National Historic Place (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andalusia.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry on Rodney J. Evans. (Submitted on November 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. MilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
 
Marker is located to right of obelisk. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 24, 2016
3. Marker is located to right of obelisk.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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