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Tom and Rod

Tom and Rod

Two of my fellow medics, Tom Hinger and Rod, short for Rodriguez. Since we all just called him Rod, I don't remember his first name. Rod was a medic and Senior Aidman for Charlie Company. He was wounded in action twice that I remember, and probably more times than that. On Feb. 28th '68, Charlie Co. tangled with a VC force and in the ensuing firefight, 3 of the 4 medics on the patrol were wounded. Jim Swink was shot through the abdomen trying to get to his platoon leader, who was dead. Rod was wounded when he exposed himself to enemy fire going after Swink and pulling him to safety. Another medic, Noel, was also wounded. Rod was a role model and mentor for the new medics who came to Charlie Company and, like Tom, one of the bravest soldiers I have been privileged to serve with. He was decorated several times for valor.

Tom's achievements are documented elsewhere in this photo gallery. The strange apparition on his shoulder is a monkey, which was a unit mascot.

Photo courtesy of Tom Hinger


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Ouhna Donovan 03-Oct-2010 18:46
Everybody was loving life there in those days. And the 2/28th Infantry Black Lions, 1st Infantry Division really had a party October 17, 1967. Fair dinks, the medics acted supernaturally that day.
Dave Berry03-Aug-2009 02:20
These guys were two of the best.
Gerard Murphy 02-Aug-2009 17:21
The most decorated people in Vietnam were the medics and the helicopter door-gunners.They had balls the size of basketballs.They saved my life 9/24/68 in I Corps.
Brad Wetzel 08-May-2009 16:48
Thanks for the ability to view these pictures and learn about some outsatnding men.
Cindi Smith25-Jan-2009 19:28
Looks like you guys had some good times together in such a time of war! Love the shot, Dave!
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