Rodney Kahler was born on August 26, 1943, in Grandview, Missouri. He enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard on October 14, 1961, and served until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on active duty beginning March 7, 1968. After attending Equipment Operator training at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi (NCBC Gulfport), EO2 Kahler served with U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE (MCB-5) at Porhue, California, and deployed to South Vietnam from May 1968 to April 1970, and then at the Naval Magazine in Subic Bay, the Philippines, from April 1970 to August 1971. He then returned to MCB-5 at Porhue from August 1971 to January 1972, followed by service Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SIXTY-TWO (NMCB-62) at NCBC Gulfport from January 1972 to January 1973. EO2 Kahler next served with the Construction Training Unit at NCBC Gulfport from January 1973 to January 1975, and then with NMCB-74 at NCBC Gulfport from January 1975 to September 1977. His next assignment was with NMCB-1 at NCBC Gulfport from September 1977 to January 1979, followed by service at U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from January 1979 to January 1982. EOC Kahler then returned to NCBC Gulfport from January 1982 to April 1985, and he served with NMCB-133 at NCBC Gulfport and at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from April 1985 until his retirement from the Navy on December 31, 1988. Rodney Kahler died on March 2, 2015, and was buried at the Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi. He and his wife Amelia Guerrero were married in 1970, and they had two children; Amelia and Shawn.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.