Specialist Four Michael D. Rudess
SPC Four Michael D. Rudess was a platoon RTO assigned to Company A, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. He was born on 20 June 1967 in Oregon, OH.
SPC Rudess was fatally wounded during a live fire accident on 30 July 1986, while preparing for contingency operations in Libya to destroy coastal radar sites and the rescue of a downed pilot.
After graduating high school lettering in Football and Hockey, SPC Rudess enlisted in the Army in 30 July 1985. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. He then completed his MOS training at Fort Gordon, GA as a Communications Specialist. After the Graduation of Airborne School, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program.
Following his graduation form the Ranger Indoctrination Program, SPC Rudess was assigned to Company A, 1st battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as Platoon RTO. SPC Rudess was later personally chosen to become the Platoon Leaders RTO. In this position he displayed exceptional maturity, technical skills and great poise. His actions always insured that the Platoon could communicate under all circumstances and under all environmental conditions. Based on his exceptional performance as Weapons Platoon RTO, SPC Rudess was detailed as RTO for the Company Commander. Again, he provided superior support in performance of these duties of increased responsibilities. SPC Rudess was further challenged by being assigned as fire direction center recorder in the Company Weapons Platoon. His responsible nature, positive attitude and High Esprit De Corps always insured affirmative, detailed and positive control of the indirect fire weapons of the Mortar Platoon.
His military education includes Communications Specials Course, Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge. He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Throughout his service as a Ranger, SPC Rudess exemplified Duty, Honor, and Country that contributed significantly to the Unit’s combat readiness. SPC Rudess actions bring great credit upon himself the 75th Ranger Regiment and the United States Army.
He is survived by his Wife Nicholetta, and his Daughter Melinda.
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