Member First Marine Raider Battalion. Killed in Action September 14, 1942, at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
Valley Springs, S.D. 1944
Marine Raider 1915-1942
One of the early American casualties of the War against Japan was PVT. Austin Truman Rollag, member of the First Marine Raider battalion, who died a hero’s death in defense of Henderson field on Guadalcanal island, in the Solomons group in the South Pacific, on Sept. 14, 1942.
Dear Mrs. Rollag:
….You may be justly proud of your son, Mrs. Rollag. He died a hero, staunchly defending the flag he loved.
All of America owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Austin and the other 320 that died in that bloody, bitter battle for survival…….
Following his death Pvt. Rollag was posthumously awarded the medal of the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration awarded only to those who suffer wounds or death in the service of their country.
Also received by his parents was a copy of the Presidential Unit citation, awarded to all members of the First Marine division for service against the enemy in the Solomon islands.
While in training Austin has previously received medals for marksmanship and bayonet drill.
Austin T Rollag was my paternal grandfather’s brother. A memorial service was held in 1944.
currently serving our country my brother and his family
(l to r) matt, kevin, lisa, jeremy