Monday, October 5, 2015

27TH TAOR--1968--


"H" Company Commander--


Nye Goble RODES, Jr.

  • Born: 19 Oct 1922, Logan, Logan Co., WV 6
  • Marriage: Lois FINNEY on 25 Sep 1949 in Oceanside, San Diego Co., CA 275
  • Died: 18 Oct 2001, Oceanside, San Diego Co., CA at age 78 6
  General Notes:
The Charleston Gazette, 14 June 1951

Navy Gives Army Medal to Logan Marine Officer

ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 13 - (AP) - A West Virginia Marine who served in Korea has received the Bronze Star, awarded by the Army and presented by the Navy.

The naval academy announced today 1st Lt. Nye G. Rodes of Logan, W. Va., was decorated for aggressiveness and bravery as provost marshal of the First Provisional Marine Brigade in Korea last Summer.

The medal was awarded under an Army citation by Lt. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, now supreme Allied commander in the Far East. Vice Adm. Harry W. Hill, academy superintendant, pinned it on the Marine lieutenant yesterday.

Rodes, son of Mrs. Maye P. Rodes of 407-1/2 Stratton St., Logan, W.Va., is on duty with the academy executive department. He was graduated from Annapolis in 1946.

Nye married Lois FINNEY on 25 Sep 1949 in Oceanside, San Diego Co., CA.275 (Lois FINNEY was born on 27 Feb 1922 in Los Angeles Co., CA 284,1349 and died on 14 Mar 1972 in San Diego Co., CA 1349.)

  Marriage Notes:
The Charleston Gazette, 6 November 1949

Lt. Nye Goble Rodes Marries Naval Nurse

Announcement has been made of the Sept. 25 marriage of Ensign Lois Finney, USNNC, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Finney of Arcadia, Cal. to Lt. Nye Goble Rodes, Jr., USMC, son of Mrs. N. G. Rodes of Logan. Chaplain R. M. Schwyhart officiated in the Ranch House Chapel at Camp Pendleton,
Oceanside, Cal. and a reception was held in the Santa Margarita Naval Officers Club.

The couple's attendants were Mrs. Ernest Drury, Miss Lenora Rodes, sister of the bridegroom, and Lt. C. R. Stephenson.

Lt. and Mrs. Rodes, who are stationed at Camp Pendleton, are living at 506 South Strand, Oceanside. She attended Long Beach City College and was graduated from the Knapp College of Nursing in Santa

An alumnus of Logan High School, Lt. Rodes was graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1947, studied at the Marine Officers' Training School and was stationed in China for two years.

1st Lt Nye G Rodes--The Pusan Perimeter, Korea--1950

Nye G "Dusty" Rodes was the executive officer under Col Adolf Schwenk when the 27th Marines (RLT) deployed to Vietnam in February of 1968:

Here is more background information on the XO from:

1st Lt Rodes was the Detachment Commander for the military police unit attached to the Pusan Perimeter landing force, the Fifth Marine Brigade:

BTW: The face in the photo above is unforgettable and I don't think I have ever had the honor to have been under the command of a meaner Marine...Dusty Rodes was flat out mean and turned up as the Camp Pendleton Correctional Facility (brig) commander in 1970.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lt. Col. NG "Dusty" Rodes--

The XO of the 27th Marines

(Incidentally, in 1959, while I was stationed at Marine Barracks, Clarksville Base, Tenn., Litzenberg, then Inspector General of the Marine Corps, paid us an official visit. Our colonel made it a special occasion, with a Mess Night--Dress Blues, fancy menu, brandy, cigars and toasts-- the works. After dinner General Litzenberg, in an expansive mood, asked someone to sing a "good old song", and 1st Lt Raymond obliged with a Plebe Summer version of "The Armored Cruiser Squadron". The general was delighted, and capped it with a couple of mildy racy verses of his own. PS: The well-remembered 1stLt N. G. "Dusty"Rodes also made the march to Hungnam, as once reported by Salty Sam.)