Marine Master Sergeant Buentello was a 2-time Purple Heart Award recipient for his actions in the Marines. He was a father, an educator, a mentor, and overall man of honor who came from a family with a proud tradition of serving in the US Marines.
Retired Marine Master Sergeant dies while saving drowning teens
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.
All Star Vets is committed to spreading and sharing this story with the world! In the days where the negative news and negative stories get the lions share of attention, everyone needs to know that there are heroes still amongst us, people like Rodney Buentello. Men of high moral character with unwavering principals to the extent that they will give their own life it means that you or I can live on.
Buentello lived as a hero and died a hero…and we will never forget!
This selfless act of heroism is what we honor as it epitomizes what it means 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 because our group of fellow Veterans have started the MSgt Rodney Buentello Scholarship fund which honors him by hosting Salute 2 Heroes softball tournaments since Buentello himself was an avid softball player and sports fan.
Rodney was an all-around athlete and one of his favorite sports was softball where he played at a very high level including playing for the Marine Team at a point in his career which only includes the Marine Corps’ top players.
We thought it is best to honor him by celebrating through doing something positive, healthy and that reflects his spirit of community and teamwork.
In November 2016, the inaugural tournament kicked off with outstanding response, interest and participation as we hosted 24 teams over two days to include a one-day men’s tournament held on Saturday followed by a one-day coed tournament held on Sunday.
The feedback from our players, managers and community supporters has been overwhelmingly positive and we are fortunate to see our tournament grow as we prepare to host our third tournament November 11th and 12th in San Diego, CA.