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Lieut Roland Louis Luerich, Jr
Birth: Dec. 16, 1916
Milford
Pike County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 1944, Italy

KIA, DOW Italy

Roland Luerich, Jr., was the eldest son of a Methodist minister. Born in Pennsylvania, he was raised in Elizabeth, NJ. He graduated from the Citadel in May, 1942, as a qualified engineer, and immediately shipped out for additional training. He was part of Operation Torch (the invasion of N Africa), as well as the invasions of Sicily and Italy. During the fighting at Monte Cassino, he transferred to the 16th Armored Engineers, 1st Armored Division, after the death of his only sibling. He was part of the invasion of Anzio.

During the breakout from Anzio, in June, 1944, Combat Command A of the 16th came upon a destroyed bridge that had to be crossed. Lt. Luerich's unit put up a Bailey bridge, but a vital pin failed to release. Under intense sniper fire, Lt. Luerich crawled out on the bridge and released the pin, which allowed the bridge to drop into its proper position. Our armor successfully crossed. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star.

Later that day, as his platoon was clearing mines on a road leading into Rome, they encountered a German Strongpoint. In the ensuing firefight, Lt. Luerich was mortally wounded by a shot to the head. His last known words were for his men - "I hope you boys make it."

He was initially buried in the Anzio-Nettuno Military Cemetary, but in 1948 his remains were returned to the US. He was re-interred next to his brother, 2LT Wallace H. Luerich. He was 27 years old. 
 
Burial:
Graceland Memorial Park
Kenilworth
Union County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Barbara Washburn
Originally Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Jun 29, 2011
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Lieut Roland Louis Luerich, Jr
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Lieut Roland Louis Luerich, Jr
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Honoring and remembering your ultimate sacrifice for our country!
- Truman Bratteli
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
For Wally, too. And for your parents.
-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012
RIP, cousin.
-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 5, 2012
 
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