Salute II Heroes – The Rodney Buentello Story

Remember & Honor

On Wednesday June 8, 2016 retired Marine Master Sergeant, Rodney Buentello was spending time with his family at Bandera City Park near San Antonio, TX when he jumped into action without hesitation after observing two teenagers who had fallen into the river and were struggling. Buentello saved both of the teenagers before being taken by the undercurrent and drowned.

Buentello was a 2-time Purple Heart recipient for his actions as a Marine, an educator, mentor, family man and overall man of honor coming from a family with a proud tradition of serving in the Marine Corps.

This selfless act of heroism is what we honor as it epitomizes what it is to be a warrior, someone who is prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man. Buentello, his spirit and selflessness will not be forgotten.