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Killed In Action, Missing In Action, & Died In Service
Rodney G. Helsel
CPL Helsel died in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam on 3/11/1970 during the Vietnam War as a member of Bravo Company . The soldier's injury type or status was recorded as 'Non-Hostile Artillery, Rocket, or Mortar'. Helsel originated from St. Joseph, Missouri .
On March 11, 1970, at 0800 hours, Company B requested a Dust-off at XT 439579 for nine Bobcats wounded in an explosion. Four of the nine wounded Bobcats died as a result of their injuries. At first it was thought that the explosion was caused by an incoming enemy rocket. Later investigation determined that a Claymore mine was accidentally detonated in the area where the soldiers were standing.