and organization: Technical
Sergeant (then Private), U.S. Army, Company B, 148th Infantry, 37th
and date: Paco
Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands, 9 February 1945.
San Antonio, Tex.
San Marcos, Tex.
1 November 1945.
He was an automatic rifleman when his unit attacked the strongly
defended Paco Railroad Station during the battle for Manila, Philippine
Islands. While making a frontal assault across an open field, his
platoon was halted 100 yards from the station by intense enemy fire.
On his own initiative, he left the platoon, accompanied by a comrade,
and continued forward to a house 60 yards from the objective. Although
under constant enemy observation, the 2 men remained in this position
for an hour, firing at targets of opportunity,
killing more than 35 hostile soldiers and wounding many more. Moving
closer to the station and discovering a group of Japanese replacements
attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened heavy fire, killed more
than 40 and stopped all subsequent attempts to man the emplacements.
Enemy fire became more intense as they advanced to within 20 yards
of the station. Then, covered by his companion, Pvt. Rodriguez boldly
moved up to the building and threw 5 grenades through a doorway
killing 7 Japanese, destroying a 20-mm. gun and wrecking a heavy
machinegun. With their ammunition running low, the 2 men started
to return to the American lines, alternately providing covering
fire for each other's withdrawal. During this movement, Pvt. Rodriguez'
companion was killed. In 2 l/2 hours of fierce fighting the intrepid
team killed more than 82 Japanese, completely disorganized their
defense, and paved the way for the subsequent overwhelming defeat
of the enemy at this strongpoint. Two days later, Pvt. Rodriguez
again enabled his comrades to advance when he single-handedly killed
6 Japanese and destroyed a well-placed 20-mm. gun by his outstanding
skill with his weapons, gallant determination to destroy the enemy,
and heroic courage in the face of tremendous odds, Pvt. Rodriguez,
on 2 occasions, materially aided the advance of our troops in Manila.