Ramberto Rodriguez

Ramberto RodriguezRamberto Rodriguez, born in 1949, began a long and action-packed tour in the USMC from 1968 through 1976. In eight (8) years of service, Mr. Rodriguez served with conspicuous gallantry in over eighteen (18) combat operations in Vietnam with FLSG BRAVO (H&S COMPANY/USMC) – in actions ranging from Dong Ha to Khe Sanh; from the “Rockpile” to Cam Lo.; and from the Cua Viet River to Da Nang. For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Citation, USMC Good Conduct Medal, NY State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal, USMCR Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, RVN Civic Action Unit, RVN Cross of Gallantry, and the RVN Campaign Medal.

Also, upon his return from RVN, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves and attended Recruiter’s school in San Diego, CA. While continuing with his Reserve duty status, Mr. Rodriguez also served with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, as the Personnel Officer for the Court. He also served in a secondary capacity as the Chairman of the Equal Employment Hispanic Program for the Federal Executive Board.

Mr. Rodriguez – now a DAV – also makes his home in the Pelham section of the northeast Bronx, where he enjoys a great family life with his wife of fourteen years—and spends much time with painting and Military History pursuits. He and Mr. De Graw, lifelong friends for some (47) years – from the Boy Scouts through the military – are both now involved in a critical personal project petitioning the Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRC) office of the USMC, in an ongoing investigation into the unresolved deaths of two comrades who were both KIA in Operation Scotland II and Operation Kentucky in 1968.

More information about Mr. Rodriguez is available on his personal website, located at www.rambertorodriguez.com

NO MAN LEFT BEHIND

Ramberto Rodriguez (Artist): No Man Left Behind
“No Man Left Behind”
Painting ©Copyright 2004 by Ramberto Rodriguez

IWVPA Bronze Helmet Top Poet Award of Excellence - February 2005
“CHECK YOUR ‘SIX’!!!”
,
roars Rock Sergeant Gunny,
with four men midstream
at Dong Ha
‘neath rice cool moon
in a starburst circle
–north • east • south • west–
M-16s blazing out at blunt
omni-directional shadows
in the darkdank brake of jungle—each
midstream while fording ooze of river, and the
muddy meal of earth.
Each step of boot a sloshing push
of forward inching in rough, uneven cadence
through knee-high waters—
with mute crack of twig but
two small clicks to left—
with us like walking wounded
stalking silent shadows
through ford of river,
sluicing loud and rushedly
all around us …
with one fallen comrade
slung heavily over
Gunny’s big shoulder
and the rest in sharp and armored guarding,
remembering always our creed and calling-card,
that
we’d
leave
no man
behind …

in this
the Central Highlands
of our minds…