Friday, October 7, 2016

SGT John Milton Roll Jr.

SGT John Milton Roll Jr. was born 2 Mar 1919 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the 4th of 5 children born to John Milton and Edna May (Decker) Roll. His father farmed a farm near Hamilton which was valued a $17,000 in 1930. In May 1937, John Jr. married Beulah Pauline Barnes and in October 1938 the couple had a daughter. John was working at a paper mill earning a reported 1939 income of $1300.

John was drafted in August 1943. After his basic military training he was sent overseas to the European theater and 1 year later found T5 Roll transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry just as the regiment liberated Vire, France. Only 4 days later he was transferred to L Company serving as a rifleman in both units. He was promoted to SGT and reassigned as unit armorer on 6 Sep 1944 as the regiment attacked Brest. He continued to serve with the unit but was wounded in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany on 6 Oct 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital where he died of his wound(s) on 7 Oct 1944.

SGT Roll was repatriated in 1947 and re-interred in the Millville Cemetery in Millville, Ohio.

His younger brother Corliss James Roll entered the service in 1943 and eventually retired as an LTC in the Dental Corps. A dental clinic at Fort Leonard Wood was named for him.

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