Pfc. Rodney L. McCandless
United States Army
KIA 07 April 2007
21, of Camden, Ark.; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 7 in Zaganiyah, Iraq, when an improvised
explosive device detonated near his unit. Also killed were Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh, Spc. Ebe
F. Emolo and Spc. Levi K. Hoover.

This Memorial Page Established by-Lacychante Isham
In Honor Of Pfc Rosney L  McCandless
Rodney you are our special angel. I know you are up
there watching over all of us as one by one we fly to the other side to
meat you. I know the lord loves you and you are here always here with us,
just not in the bodily form. But you live in the hearts of all of us
who love you. May we never forget the high price of freedom you paid for
all of us so we may enjoy being free? We love and miss you so much.
Lacychante Spruill

June 14, 2012
Christian Meador
As a solider who was serving with Rodney and saw what happened to him that day. I am
honored to serve with him and there is not a day that goes by that I am reminded of his
ultimate sacriface.

March 2, 2009
Janie Johnson
In Honor Of Rodney Lynn McCandless..."Stutters"
IED blast kills Leggett soldier in Iraq WASHINGTON — Former Leggett resident Pfc. Rodney
L. McCandless died April 7 in Zaganiyah, Iraq, a Defense Department spokesman said
An improvised explosive device detonated near a unit from the 82nd Airborne Division and
claimed the lives of four soldiers, including McCandless, the DoD statement said. The other
soldiers killed in the blast were Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh, 25, of East Hempstead, N.
H.; Spc. Ebe F. Emolo 33, of Greensboro, N.C. and Spc. Levi K. Hoover, 23, of Midland, Mich.
A total of 10 Americans were killed in action over the Easter weekend, heaviest losses since
the beginning of President George W. Bush’s escalation of action in Iraq. Fellow Texan, 1st
Lt. Phillip Neel of Fredricksburg was also killed Sunday in Balad when attackers hurled a
grenades at his squad from the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood. Friends and family
of the young soldier have spent the first few days of coming to terms with the loss by
sharing stories of the sweet tow-headed boy who attended Leggett schools in early grades.
The paratrooper is survived by numerous family members in Polk County. He is survived
by a sister, Chastity McCandless and two brothers, Ron and James Sumner.
McCandless had just returned to Iraq last week after a two-week leave.

The loss of Rodney was very hard for our tight-knit family..We however were very fortunate
to have had a few days with him right before his death..While home he talked to me about
how much he loved his "job"..How he felt like he was doing something that was important. I
was able to let "RoTney" know how proud I was of him and how much I loved him..As
selfish as I am wanting him back I find comfort in knowing he was happy and wanted to do
his assigned job ..He truly is my hero and I will never forget him nor the other men and
woman who selfishly give thier lives for my family and I...I promise to NEVER FORGET  !!!

June 2, 2008
Lacy Isham
Safely Home
I am home in Heaven, dear ones
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed:
I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did
you wonder how I so calmly Trod the valley of shade?
Oh! But Jesus' love illumined every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me in that way so hard to tread.
And with Jesus' arm to lean on, could have no doubt or dread.
Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's will.
There is work still waiting for you. So you must not idly stand:
Do it now, while life remaineth - You shall rest in Jesus' land
when that work is all completed. He will gently call you home:
Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!
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