Edmonds, Roderick, M/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 745, POW/MIA
Service Years
1941 - 1951
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Master Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Knoxville
Last Address
Knoxville, TN

Date of Passing
Aug 08, 1985
 
Location of Interment
Highland-Berry Memorial Cemetery - Knoxville, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Master Sgt. Rodrick Waring Edmonds was born August 20, 1919, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville is the Eastern edge of what liberal cynics call flyover, bible belt, country.  He preferred to be called RoddieEdmunds was called up to service during World War II.  He was a master sergeant in the 106th Infantry Division.  December 19, 1944, in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge, two of the three green 106th regiments were overrun by attacking Germans.  Edmonds was part of the 422nd Infantry Regiment.  It was forced to surrender to the Germans in the sudden onslaught.  Edmonds was captured and taken to Stalag IX, a prisoner of war camp, near Ziegenhain, Germany. Officers were held in different camps.  Edmonds was the highest-ranking non-Commissioned officer, of the 1275 men being held by the Nazis in Stalag IX.

He was released from his first enlistment on 3 October 1945 and enlisted again on 19 September 1950. On 10 August 1951, he was released for the second time from military service. Interestingly, he never told his wife or children about his actions. Two Tennessee United States Senators, Republicans, and two Democrat Senators filed legislation in February 2017 to award the Congressional Gold Medal (MOH) to Edmonds.

   
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Basic Training (Fort Oglethorpe, GA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
106th Infantry DivisionU.S. ArmyPOW/MIA
  1944-1945, 745, 106th Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 745, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
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