Melvin Ray Roland

Melvin Ray Roland





In Honor of Melvin Ray Roland






Melvin Ray Roland was born 24 February 1921 and was missing in action at sea,
in the service of his country 7 December 1942 and declared dead 14 December
1943. Melvin was the son of Lewis Andrew and Marcella Mae McRunnels Roland.
He was born in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. Melvin was the first in
his county to give his life for his country in World War Two. Joe Yates lost
his life two days later and VFW Post 6344 is named in their honor. Both
earned a medal they would rather not have earned - The Purple Heart.

Melvin Ray Roland served honorably in the WWII US Navy Armed Guard service.
Melvin was assigned to:

SS James McKay               1942

The SS James McKay was sunk and the Gunnery Officer and his 14 Navy Armed
Guards were lost, as well as the entire Merchant Crew. There were no
Survivors.




Picture of Melvin Ray Roland


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Picture of VFW Monument


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Navy Armed Guard Killed in sinking of the SS James McKay

CA Cooley Joseph R. James McKay 12/07/42 S3c  
IA McKone Francis A. James McKay 12/07/42 GM3c  
IL Saliny Charles A. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
IL Schneider Cletus W. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
IN Ruckel Roy G. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
IN Speiser Walter C. James McKay 12/07/42 Ens.  
MA Maloney William R. James McKay 12/07/42 S1c  
MN Leuthard Charles J. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
MN Schmidt Roy James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
MO Roland Melvin R. James McKay 12/07/42 S1c  
ND Self? Robert C. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
NY McGovern John B. James McKay 12/07/42 S1c  
OH Shaver Frederick J. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
SC Ivey Robert L. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  
WV Sharp Phyllip O. James McKay 12/07/42 S2c  



SS James McKay Sinking Report

SS James McKay Sinking Report

SS James McKay Merchant Marine Losses


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