Sunday, June 23, 2013

World War II Veteran Stops by Lake Jennings Fire Station


Lakeside resident and WWII veteran Jack Roland was the guest speaker at the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 47 weekly meeting on Camp Pendleton Marine Base on the evening of June 25th. 

Jack has an amazing story in that he was in the 103rd Infantry Division and took part in Operation Market Garden. When Jack was 18 years old the 103rd parachuted into Marseille in Southern France were most of his Division was decimated and Jack and a hand full of others were taken prisoner and sent to Nuremberg Germany. He took place in the Battle of the Bulge and was also in the infamous Death March. 

Shot three times and with 6 kills to his credit, Jack received the Silver Star, Three Purple Hearts Four Battle Medals among other honors. A German officer uniform to Jacks credit is on display at the Veteran Building in Mission Valley. We want to recognize and thank Jack Roland for his outstanding service to his country and for spending and evening with the 47th.

Lake Jennings Fire Station-

Local Veteran Mr. Jack Roland came to station 3 for a station tour with his caregiver and a family friend. Firefighter Todd Welch and his family set up the station tour. Mr. Roland has spoken at multiple community events, and is going to be speaking at Camp Pendleton at a Civil Air Patrol meeting in a few days.

 Mr. Roland is a World War II Veteran and was involved in combat operations in the European theater. Mr. Roland was part of the 103rd infantry, and served in several combat operations including "The Battle of the Bulge", and Operation Market Garden.

The crew from Station #3 welcomes Mr. Rowland. Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm, Mr Jack Rowland, Fire Engineer-Paramedic Rich Smith, and Probationary Firefighter-Paramedic Marc Poynter (L to R)
Mr. Roland was captured by the Germans and was imprisoned in a POW camp for over a year. The crew would like to thank Mr. Roland for his service to his country and his community, and it was a great honor for us  to have him tour our station.

Submitted By: Jamie Hazlewood, Firefighter-Paramedic and Firefighter Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire District

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