Coxswain Rollo Harford

Feb. 25, 1925–July 31, 1943

Service #: *****
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: *****
Occupation: *****
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Date: October, 1941
Enlistment Place: *****
Service/Unit: Navy
Awards: *****
Burial: At sea


Seventh County Serviceman Killed

Mr. and Mrs. Harv Harford, Monticello, received word Saturday, July 31, of the death of their son, Coxswain Rollo Harford, 18, on Monday, July 31.

Harford died of blood poisoning while on active Naval duty, and was buried at sea with Naval honors, according to the information received by his parents.

Seventh Fatality

The seventh Jones county serviceman known to have lost his life while serving in World War II, Harford was born in Monticello Feb. 25, 1925. He enlisted in the Navy in October, 1941, and received his "boot" training at Great Lakes station. He is known to have been in action at Pearl Harbor, and to have participated in the battle of Midway.

Harford is survived by his parents, his sisters, Mrs. John McNeilly, Mrs. Harry Dirks, Mrs. Connie Hodges, Carol and Sandra, all of Monticello ,and Mrs. Everett Dabbs, Decatur, ILL, and a brother, Dewain, who is stationed at Fort Bowie, Texas, with the Army.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, August 5, 1943

Hold Memorial Rites Sunday For R. Harford

Hold Memorial Rites Sunday For R. Harford Memorial services for Coxswain Rollo Harford were attended by many friends last Friday evening. They were held at 8 o'clock in the First Presbyterian church. The church auditorium was completely filled, and it was necessary to place additional chairs in the rear of the church.

The services were in charge of Rev. Win. J. Grossheim and opened with the singing of a hymn. The scriptures were read by Post Commander Edgar D. Vernon of the Monticello American Legion. The sermon was ably delivered by Rev. Grossheim. He used as his subject, "Let Us Pray." A quartet of girls sang a song that had been especially dedicated to Rollo a few weeks ago and sung at the regular church service. An anthem was sung during the service by Mrs. Frank Walker, Mrs. Willard Yeoman, Gene Walker and Willard Yeoman.

At the close of the service Post Commander George A. C. Rickels of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Harford with a large American flag on behalf of the Legion V.F.W. posts. Mrs. Art Young presented Mr. and Mrs. Harford with a large bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Presbyterian church. The service closed with the singing of a hymn and the benediction by Rev. Grossheim.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, August 26, 1943