memorial day

25 May

mday in Memory of Austin T. Rollag 1915-1942

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.


mday4 LETTERS FROM FELLOW MARINE (San Diego Calif.). Sept. 11, 1943

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

be safe

5 Responses to “memorial day”

  1. sybil May 26, 2009 at 5:39 am #

    What a nice post.

  2. Christine Olson May 26, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for reminding me of the true reason for the Memorial Day holiday.

  3. myolivebranch May 26, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    thanks for reading and commenting girls. makes a person think doesn’t it.

  4. Karen May 27, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    A lovely tribute to members of your family that have or are serving their country………

  5. Patrick Bell February 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Austin and Elmer Rollag were a large part of my fathers childhood. Elmer was my Great Uncle and as a child in the 70’s I sat on his lap at a family reunion in Beaver Creek. How amazing to find this. I have another photo that was taken at the same time with Elmer standing next to Austin’s grave. Thanks for documenting the actions of Austin.

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