SGT Paul Charles Rodrigues, USMC
August 21, 1941 – September 24, 1965

sgt rodriguesOn September 24, 1965, SGT Paul Charles Rodrigues, USMC killed in a fire at NSGA Kami Seya, Japan.  SGT Rodrigues was born in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York. He was 24 years old.

Although the official investigation listed faulty electrical circuitry as the cause of the fire, some eyewitness accounts attributed it to failure in a recently-installed incinerator, used for destruction of classified material, which had been improperly vented through the wall and subsequently caused the wall to ignite.

Below are the names of the 12 men who lost their life during the tunnel fire:

CTSA Roger “W” Alex
CTSA William E. Briley
CTSN Wilford D. Cordell
CTSN Dennis e. Etzwieler
CT3 Archie R. Garofalo
CTSA John D. House
LCPL Richard E. McKown
LTjg Ernest D. Moody
SGT Paul C. Rodrigues
CT3 Wayne E. Tower
CTSN James K. Whitman
CT3 Gregory S. Williams