Everett, Rockford Grey, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11D10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private First Class


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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus
Last Address
Columbus

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
McDonald Cemetery - Ooltewah, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
49E 031/

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1968-1968, 11D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 11D10, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Mississippi State University
  1965-1966, Mississippi State University
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  May 06, 2016, General Photos8
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ENGAGEMENT ON HIGHWAY LTL-14, 12 KM NORTH-NORTHEAST OF DAU TIENG BASE 19680412


 

REMEMBERED ACROSS THE YEARS

-the virtual wall



doug snyder
c2555d@aol.com
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA 18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
just to let you know that you are not forgotten,hero. thank you for your sacrifice. we were in same platoon ,don't recall too much except that fateful night you were taken from us along with warren beaumont, russell cornish, and gary holland. it was a sad day for our platoon. doug 222nd inf., 25th inf. div.
Thursday, June 24, 2004

Cabell  Martin
cabell92@verizon.net
Squad Leader
Richmond VA
Rocky I am so sorry you were killed that day. I have thought of you many many times over the past 41 years. From January 20 through your date of death in 1968 we lost many great men/soldiers from A Troop 3/4th Cav, 25th Inf Div. If I make it to Heaven I look forward to seeing you again.
May 26, 2009

Randy  Zobel
Randy.zobel@medtronic.com
Squad member in AIT at ft Polk la
321 Kyzer Brown Rd Springfield Sc 29146
A good soldier and friend
Rocky and I met in AIT at Ft Polk la. He was my best friend there and we actually enjoyed advanced Infantry training. I also went to Vietnam, served as an infantryman with 2/47th infantry 9th inf div. When I think of the tragedy of the Vietnam war and all the great young men who never got to realize life, Rocky always comes to mind first even amoungt the boys in my squad and platoon who were killed. Rocky epitomized a love for life, and an innocence that makes it hard to believe that he would be one of the ones taken. Rest in peace my old friend, I know you still have that devilish smile on your face! Randy
Aug 29, 2013
 
   
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Buck Williams
bucktw@webtv.net
Friend
220 Murphy Ave
Gulfport, Ms 39507 USA
Dear Rocky, I see Lynn every now and then. There is always mention of you. She reads your letters to her students. She says this makes them understand how real Viet Nam was. I saw Grizzle not long ago, and he's doing great for a grey headed old man. Rocky you were a good friend to all, and we miss you.Buck
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
 
 
Terry Biehunko
tbiehunko@charter.net
friend, little league teammate
1405 Bent Creek Drive
Southlake, texas 76092
Jr. high friend and little league teammate
Rocky and I went to school together in Columbus, Ms. and played baseball together on the Columbus AFB little league team. I still have a picture of our team called the Tigers. Our fathers were in the Air Force stationed at the AFB in Columbus. I remember Rocky getting in a fight protecting me from a bully that had been picking on me while we were riding the bus home from school. The bully was tough but Rocky kicked his butt. That was a good day. Rocky could also hit the baseball a country mile and was one of the better players on our team. He was just an all around good guy who seriously cared for his fellow man. My father retired from the Air Force and we moved back to Texas in 1962. I never saw Rocky again. I was also in Viet Nam at the same time as Rocky and received a letter from my mother telling me he had been KIA. Neither of us knew the other was in Viet Nam at the same time. I remember feeling that a part of my childhood was taken away from me when I heard the news of his death. I am truly sorry he did not come home but I am PROUD to have been his friend even if it was only for a short time.
Thursday, June 03, 2004

FRANKIE ODOM
odomr@columbus.af.mil
FRIEND & HIGH SCHOOL, KNEW HIM, AT COLUMBUS, AFB., MS., WHEN WE WERE TEENAGERS.
509, EDGEWOOD DRIVE, COLUMBUS, MS., 39701, LOWNDES
ROCKY WAS, A FINE PERSON, ALWAYS LAUGHING AND HAD, A LOT OF FRIENDS, AT THE AIR BASE AND LEE, HIGH SCHOOL. IF ANYONE KNOWS, WHERE HE WAS INTERRED, PLEASE E-MAIL THE INFORMATION TO ME. I HAD, TWO HIGH SCHOOL, FRIENDS, RECENTLY CALL ME TRYING TO FIND, THIS INFORMATION.
Friday, October 22, 1999
 
 
Becky Stewart-Brown
kbbrown@nwa.quik.com
neighbor
1203, North, 35th, Street, Rogers, AR., 72756, USA
Rocky was my neighbor and I thought he was a great guy. He was always so sweet to me and I remember the day they came and told his parents he had been killed. I was much younger than him, but remember how I cried and wondered about war. He was good looking and all the girls thought he was special! He was his parents only child and the loss was especially devastating to Mr. and Mrs. Everett.
Tuesday, June 15, 1999

Sonya Neely, Butler
eyecare4all@aol.com
parents were my god parents
9511 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison , RN 37341 USA
The hero I never Knew
Rocky, I never got to know you. I can remember as I was growing up how your mom would take me to the room she had set up just for your things. She missed you terribly. When your dad passed away, her lonliness grew. She has always been a very strong person, and now that she too has gone home to meet her maker, you all are together again. The one thing she has longed for. The day that I meet my maker, I will finally get to meet the hero I never knew.
Tuesday, April 27, 2000
 
 
Donna (Williams) Perry
toydrp@cs.com
friend
1685 Duvall Ct.
O'Fallon, Mo. 63366
Rocky,I sit here on this warm and beautiful day thinking of you while I watch my granddaughter at play and I think of you I look into your beautiful green eyes and see the smile only you can have.I see you walking away from my house getting into your baby blue Mustang not knowing it was one of the last times I would ever see you.I was such a foolish girl.It has been 32 years today when God took you with him.Your memory lives on in my heart,you forever young.I know when God brings me home,once more,I will look into your green eyes and see your special smile.Till then.
Wednesday, April 12, 2000




Helen  Everett
h.everett00@gmail.com
second cousin
Rockyface Ga 30740
with much love from your cousin
Rocky... Although I was never a thought until years after you passed I feel as though I have known you my whole life. My daddy, James 'Benny' Everett has kept your memory very much alive by always sharing his very fond memories of you. You have always been a hero to him and your sacrifice made you a hero to the world. I was stationed in Hawaii at Schofield for years before I knew that you were stationed there so many years before. I began to research and pass along your stories, as shared with me,to my son. He, Kobe, became very interested in learning more about you also. You, cousin, are an influence beyond measure in our family. Generation to generation your story is shared. The love and respect continues to grow for you while we all miss you dearly.
May 11, 2012

A Great Guy
Posted on 6/11/13 - by Billy Cade bcade@aol.com
 
Rocky was a wonderful friend I knew from our hometown of Columbus, MS, and as a fellow student at Mississippi State University. I remember vividly the day he left for Vietnam. He told me that day that he would never see me again. He said felt certain that he would be killed there. Barely a week went by before we learned of his death.
When I visited the Wall in Washington I found his name. I will always honor his memory. Each time I stand for the National Anthem I salute the flag at the conclusion in remembrance of Rocky. I know he is with the Lord, and I will see him again some day

Still saluting
Posted on 2/10/18 - by Billy Cade bcade@aol.com
 
Time moves on, but I never forget to salute our flag at the conclusion of the National Anthem in memory of Rocky.


Happy Birthday!
Posted on 1/28/15
 
Today you would have been 68. Although you left this world before I ever came into it, I feel like I have known you my whole life. Your memory lives on in my home and so many others. You are so loved and missed! I wish I could have known you personally and that my sons were able to hear your wonderful life stories from you
(My grandfather is Rocky's father were brother, making me Rocky's second cousin. Rocky's picture is in my dining room and he is spoke of daily. Rocky was at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, HI and ironically my family was stationed there also, just much later in life. My boys loved visiting Rocky's memorial brick at the Garrison Building on post
 
Remembering you on Memorial Day
Posted on 5/26/14
 
Although I don't recall ever meeting Rocky, my father and LL (Rocky's dad) were on the same flight crew out of Columbus AFB - I can remember the devastation that my parents felt for LL and Frankie when they learned of Rocky's death. This memorial day I was remembering the men and women who serve this great country and I thought about Rocky and hoped that he did not slip away into obscurity. It is comforting to see he is remembered.

High School Classmate
Posted on 7/11/03 - by Bob Goree
 
After graduating in 1965, we all entered Miss State with the world in front of us. Vietnam was something on the news but of little interest to our group, as we were all headed for college. Suddenly one of our own was not only in the army, but on his way to SEA. When the news of his death confronted his many friends, we were stunned. We had not only lost a good friend but one of our own. The war had suddenly become very real. My service to SEA came in 1971 and I often thought of my old friend. His service and sacrifice was not in vain and will always be honored by those who understand and "REMEMBER".
Hand salute Rocky!
 
 
Rocky I love you and now aunt Frank,Uncle Lloyd,Grandmaw, and Pop are all toghether
Posted on 5/26/01 - by Vicky Barnard Cox
 
Rocky you were so special to me I couldn't wait until you and Aunt Frank and Uncle Lloyd came home. We shared so many wonderful childhood memories together being that you, Ricky and I were the only grandchildren I think being that I was Pops little girl was and advantage. I sit and think about how much mischief we would get into and I had one advantage over you and Ricky I had Pop to cover for me and I could beat the slop out of you and Ricky and run and never get in trouble. But when I came out of hiding I got the frog treatment. You two would put frogs and crawl dads on me hold me down and let them crawl all over me and the frogs would jump on me and you all would leave me screaming and never get caught. I am scared to death of frogs now. Well Rock its been a long battle for Aunt Frank and Grandmaw since you and your Dad passed away and when Grandmaw died your mom was left alone and she and I would run the roads to yard sales and fight over the junk but we had fun. Your mom never went one day without speaking of you she loved you dearly and so did I. I have seen times when she would go threw so much grief for you and Uncle Lloyd that it would be hard for me too hold back the tears. I now have all
your letters,pictures,and some very special things that I will hold dear to my heart until I meet you all in heaven. Whats so bad and hard for me is your mom died in Aug. 99 and My mom died in Oct. 99 and I never see Ricky or Daddy nor do I talk to them I have only seen dad 5 times in my life and when Ricky went into the Air Force in 69 I have only seen him 4 times. I have never had any cross words with anyone so whatever will be will be. Rocky my family is gone and sometimes I feel so all alone without mom and Aunt Frank now I know what your mom and grandmaw felt when they would cry over you. I will never forget the day that the news was delivered to Grandmaw that you had been killed. I was only 11 and grandmaw and I had been fishing and when we got there Uncle Roland was waiting for us.  I have never been so scared in my life. Grandmaw passed out on the bed and when she came to she was in shock. Mom and I stayed with her until Aunt Frank and Uncle Lloyd come in from Mississippi. That was the first time I ever really experenced death and whats so sad my only cousin was gone but God knows I will cherish our little memories of growing up at grandmaws we were so lucky to have such wonderful grandparents and mothers and your dad. I guess you know that I lost my husband Gary F. Dockery whom was a police officer here in Chattanooga to a 911 call officer down we have 2 wonderful boys your nephews Shane and Colt Dockery and they are the only family I have left they both play hockey and I am blessed and thank God in heaven for them every day. Well Rocky I am leaving the job to you and Gary to take care of our little family in heaven and for you two to help guard the gates of heaven and to please keep watch over us. Tell everyone I love them and miss all of you so much tell grandmaw to find us some good fishing holes and tell mom and aunt Frank that the boys are fine tell Uncle Lloyd that Aunt Frances and Uncle Roland are doing great I just wish you all were still here with me but I will meet up with you one day. I LOVE YOU ALL AND EACH DAY AS I AWAKE IN GODS GRACE I WALK IN MEMORIES. I WILL BE BACK SOON TO CHAT.
 
 
FRIENDS IN SCHOOL AND AT COLUMBUS AFB, MS
Posted on 8/20/00 - by FRANK ODOM
I KNEW ROCKY WHEN OUR DADS WERE IN THE AIR FORCE AT COLUMBUS AFB, MS –
 
 
First Kiss
Posted on 7/21/00 - by Alice Hilton
 
1961: It was a warm spring Saturday evening on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Restless teens with a quarter and looking for an escape often met at the movies. This particular Saturday night there were 8 or so of us, all Air Force brats, all living in base housing, and all good kids. At the movies we sat boy-girl-boy-girl in a single row, as was the Saturday custom. Rocky made a point to sit by me as he had the two previous Saturday nights. I remember the movie as being something stupid and we sat there for almost two hours, poking fun at whatever monster was on the screen; and he held my hand.  Afterwards, we all walked home together, still in couples and still in a large group. The sky was very black and the streets were deserted at 9:00 pm. As we passed the base service station on the right, and before entering the housing area, Rocky stopped me under the streetlight, not in the darkness, but under the halo of the streetlight. Nothing was said. We simply turned towards each other and kissed. We kissed long, and we kissed sweet; the innocent kiss of young teenagers. It was wonderful. My first...and as he later admitted to me, his first too.  We dated a few times on base but more often hung out with the same group of kids. I moved in '63, and he apparently stayed in Columbus. I had wondered what had happened to "my first kiss".  A friend who was there the night of "the kiss" told me she had heard from someone who had heard from someone that Rocky was killed in 'Nam. I refused to believe it until the Traveling Wall came through Orlando four years ago. I cried when I found his name. After all these years I cried. I cried for the lost life, for the loss of innocence, for the horrors of war and the cruel twists of fate. I cried for his parents, losing their only child. And I cried for all of the 58,000+ people killed and the untold numbers injured and scared from the horrors of war. And I cried for joy because my father and brother had come home and because I had been spared the trip to the jungle during my time in service. I would like to tell Rocky's parents that he hasn't been forgotten, that his memory lives on, that I was one of the people touched by his life. I would like to tell them what a neat guy he was and what a soft place he holds in my heart. If anyone should happen to know his parents and where they are, please direct them to this message. Thank you.
 
 
   
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