|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1915|
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1944|
SSgt Ed Rowold died during WW-II at the Angaur, Palau in the Pacific.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Forager part of the Mariana and Palau Islands offensive campaign from June to November 1944.
From pages 178 & 179 - the first week of October was a standoff and encouraging the Japanese to surrender, with "sniping, ambushing, and extensive booby-trapping"... towards the end of the first week in October. SSgt Edwin ROWOLD was killed 5 Oct 1944.
HyperWar website refers to Angaur and Peleliu and Operation Stalemate
Only a sprinkling of Japanese surrendered, one of them after the first broadcast, and another immediately following the second. On the whole, the results obtained were disappointing and it seemed that the Japanese required more demonstration of the power of the attacking force.
This was furnished in abundance, as day after day the Wildcats doggedly returned to the assault. Frequently they suffered minor reverses and losses. Progress at times could be measured in yards and remained agonizingly slow. Still, with each passing day and hour victory came ever closer within the reach of the tired, dirty but determined assault troops. First portents of success came towards the end of the first week in October when 183 natives emerged from the pocket, many of them in deplorable physical condition and in dire need of medical attention which was promptly furnished. By this time the protracted conflict had degenerated into minor patrol action with sniping, ambushing, and extensive booby-trapping employed by both sides. The true situation did not deter the Japanese from reporting as late as 10 October that "judging from the flarebombs and other indications, it is certain that our garrison units in the northwestern hills (of Angaur) are annihilating the enemy in close quarter combat."18
Four days later [14 Oct 1944], however, the assault phase on Angaur came to an end, and the occupation period began for the island. For practical purposes, tactical operations were to continue long beyond this date. The 81st Infantry Division was to retain responsibility for eliminating the remaining isolated pockets of enemy resistance. All other control concerning Angaur was passed on 14 October from General Mueller to the island commander, Colonel Ray A. Dunn, USA, whose mission it was to develop the island as a forward airbase. On the same date the Marine 7th AAA Battalion was relieved from attachment to the 81st Infantry Division and assigned to the Angaur Garrison Force, while still remaining under operational control of the division.
Note - Angaur Island, Palau is only about 7 miles SW of Peleliu Island, Palau. (Operation Stalemate). Some forces on Angaur were being held in reserve for the forces in Peleliu.
Angaur is a tiny limestone island, just 3†mi (4.8†km) long, separated from Peleliu by a 6†mi (9.7†km) strait. A very small indigenous population lived by farming, fishing, and phosphate mining. In mid-1944, the Japanese had 1,400 troops on the island, under the overall command of Palau Sector Group commander, Lieutenant General Sadae Inoue and under the direct command of Major Goto who was stationed on the island.
The weak defenses of the Palaus and the potential for airfield construction made them attractive targets for the Americans after the capture of the Marshall Islands, but shortage of landing craft meant that operations against the Palaus could not begin until the Mariana Islands were secure.
Angaur is one tiny island in the island nation of the Republic of Palau.
The Battle of Angaur was a battle of the Pacific campaign in World War II, fought on the island of Angaur in the Palau Islands from 17 Septemberó22 October 1944.
There were several letters written up regarding where Ed died and how they named a road for him on Angaur island. Palau might not be the correct Death location - so I'll have to check that. His parents were Herman & Melie Rowold, and Barnell "Barney" Rowold was his brother. (Along with another brother, Wilbert, and a sister, Marie).
He apparently died on Angaur Island in the Palau Islands Group during WW-II in the Pacific. A letter dated 6 Feb 1945 to his mother said that a road was named for him on that island. I assume he was initially buried on that island, but his remains must have later been re-patriated for burial in Lowden Cemetery in Cedar County, Iowa.
Which indicates he was married 23 Oct 1920 in Oxford Junction, Jones County, Iowa - to Ruth BERANEK.
Name: Edwin Conrad ROWOLD 1 2
Birth: 17 APR 1915 in Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa, USA 2
Burial: Lowden Cemetery, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa, USA 2
Event: Military service World War II 3
Death: 05 OCT 1944 in Angaur Island, Palau Islands 1 2
Birth: 21 APR 1915 1
[From Dawn Ford, http://www.rowoldhistory.homestead.com/]
Western Union Telegram delivered October 26, 1944, to Herman C. Rowold, Rte. 1, Lowden, Iowa; "The Secretary of War asks that I assure you of his deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, Staff Sgt. Edwin C. Rowold. Reports now received states he died five October in Palau Islands as result of wounds received in action. Letter follows." /s/ J.A. Ulio, The Adjutant General.
Letter dated November 17, 1944, to Herman Rowold : "My dear Mr. Rowold: Mine is the sorrowful duty of writing you a few lines of condolence for the loss we share with you in the passing of your son, Edwin C. Rowold, Company C, 322d Infantry, during the military operation by the Division on Angaur Island, Palau Group, Pacific Ocean Areas. We regret that the necessities of military security do not permit us now to write more concerning your son's death. The chaplain of your son's unit will write you regarding the cause of death, the location of your son's grave and the details of the religious services held at the cemetery. Your son served with a combat unit whose dangerous duty is to place itself between "their loved homes and the war's desolation." The sorrow of his comrades and the sense of loss which I feel as Commanding General of this Division speak of the sympathy of his comrades-in-arms to you who bear the weight of this bereavement. Personally I am at a loss to write any word which can assuage your grief in the loss which we together have sustained. We must resort to our common Christian faith of eternal life for those who have faithfully performed their duty here on earth. If these few words written by me in the face of the grievous loss avail anything, I am happy to write to you today. In hours of loneliness and grief which you must bear courageously in the months to come, we feel that the consciousness of your high gift to the cause we all support will help you bear this great sorrow. Not forgetful of your heavy burden, we close ranks and pledge to you, his father and his loved ones, that this great sacrifice shall not have been made in vain. Sincerly yours. " /s/ Paul J. Mueller, Major General, U.S.A., Commanding, Headquarters 81st Infantry Division, APO 81, San Francisco, CA.
Letter date February 6, 1945, to Mrs. Amelia Rowold: "Dear Mrs. Rowold, Please allow me to extend my deepest sympathy to you in your recent bereavement. Staff Sergeant Edwin C. Rowold, who was a member of this command, gave his life as a soldier, as you have already learned. I know it will be of interest to you, and sincerely hope it may be of some comfort, to learn that Edwin was outstanding as a soldier in combat; so much so, that in all due honor to a brave and galland soldier, his name had been choosen to designate a road on the Island he helped capture from the Japanese: Angaur, Palau Group. A copy of the order announcing this memorial tribute is enclosed herewith a road map is attached thereto indicating the location of this road. If at any time I may be of futher assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call upon me. Sincerely yours, "/s/ James C. Short, Colonel, 322nd Infantry, Commanding.
Ancestry Hints for Edwin Conrad ROWOLD
4 possible matches found on Ancestry.com
Father: Herman Conrad ROWOLD b: 10 DEC 1890 in Wheatland, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Mother: Emelie KREINBRING b: 14 MAR 1893 in Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa, USA
Marriage 1 Ruth BERANEK b: 23 OCT 1920 in Oxford Junction, Jones County, Iowa, USA
Herman Conrad Rowold (1890 - 1973)
Emelie Kreinbring Rowold (1893 - 1985)
Edwin Conrad Rowold (1915 - 1944)
Wilbert Arnold Rowold (1916 - 1969)*
Created by: Greg Campbell
Record added: Dec 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81639837