Remember the YakFisher


It is with great sadness

that I must share the news with everyone that Rodney Carroll has passed away.
Rodney was passionate about supporting the men and women of the US Military and our Veterans. Along with Dan Smith and John Polosky, Rodney led the trip to Wilmington in 2006 that forced establishments to change their policy and allow servicemen in uniform to gain admission. This act ultimately lead to the creation of MAD and Rodney was instrumental in getting the first few events started. Without his leadership and dedication to those who serve, MAD would never have been able to get off the ground. It was his dedication to all who have worn the uniform of our country that fueled him and he wore his love of country as a badge of honor every day.

Rodney “YakFisher” Carroll

Please keep Rodney and his family in your thoughts and prayers while we mourn the loss of our dear friend.

In Memory of …

Rodney Isaac Carroll, aka “Yakfisher” went to be with our Lord on Monday, April 6, 2015.
Rodney was born in Greensboro, NC on February 16, 1962 and was currently living in Atlantic Beach, NC. He enjoyed fishing, kayaking, camping, and all outdoor activities. He served honorably in the US Navy and afterwards he became a passionate supporter of all who served in all branches of the military. He was one of the founders of MAD, Military Appreciation Day, and was instrumental in the leadership of that group and organizing events. Rodney’s love of country and those who serve was exceeded only by his love of God, and his family.


  1. Rodney my brother you will NEVER be forgotten you ARE the reason i am who i turned out to be you were my inspiration in all i do im am truely sadened by this and will miss you emensly brother god rest your soul.
    THANK you for your friendship and brotherhood i love you my brother

  2. Mrs.Bubba says:

    Rodney was my friend before MAD but he drew me into MAD. Bubba had already been at MAD 2 and it was MAD 3 that I showed up, saw the captain’s meeting and then Rodney and Emmit schemed to get me on a boat with troops. Bobby and Amy were gracious enough to take me aboard with their heros. We were the last boat back to the dock that year and Rodney and Emmit met me to give me my land legs back…I knew I was hooked…my heart weeps today…my friend is gone.

  3. George McDonald says:

    A friend I never met, although I see the results of his commitment
    to our troops. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
    He will surely be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace friend.

  4. RIP Brother and thanks for the hard work and compassion! You touched more lives than you ever knew!
    Semper Fi
    Capt Jim Bowen
    USMC SSGT 1988-1991

  5. Scott says:

    I met Rodney at a MAD event years ago, and was impressed with his demeanor and willingness to tell our Heroes thanks. He will surely be missed but not forgotten.
    He truly has touched more lives than he knew about. He will not be forgotten.

  6. Barbara Reta says:

    My beloved friend…I will miss you greatly. Not only were you there for me when I needed you but you were there for so many. You got me into MAD as my Dad was a Marine but also for all service members who fought and gave all for our country. You gave your all for them. Your heart and passion will forever live on in the hearts of family, friends and those you never met but helped. God has gained an awesome angel in his army. Until we meet again, <3 prayers and Semper Fi.

  7. Jeff Schmucker says:

    Aside from meeting and marrying my wife, Rodney is responsible for the second best decision I ever made. In those first, formative days of MAD, it was Rodney’s passionate posts and later his friendship that inspired me to get very involved in the organization.

    We will find a way to keep him involved, in spirit, because the example he, Dan and John set will live forever.

    One, Simple, Thanks to one of the finest human beings GOD ever gave breath to. The Lord just got a fantastic fishing partner.

    Rest in Peace my friend.

  8. Stuart Ussery says:

    At the very first MAD function I ever attended, a Poker Run here in Wilson in 2008, I met Rodney.Emmitt introduced me to him, and me being the “new guy”, he took me under his wing, and way before the end of the day, his passion for MAD had me hooked, long before the first hero ever stepped on my boat.This great cause that was started through Rodney, John, and Dan has done so much good and touched so many people, his legacy will live on forever through all the smiling faces! RIP Yak