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February 16,1949, Page 2A


Obituary of

Capt. John E. Rowland

The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
Thursday, February 24, 1949, Page 7 Col. 3

Reburial Services For Capt. John E. Rowland

   On Friday morning, February 11, the body of Captain John E. Rowland, one of the country's fallen heroes, arrived by train in Dillon, accompanied by an officer of the United States Army.

   On Sunday afternoon at two o'clock graveside services were held in "God's Acre" at Kentyre church, conducted by Chaplain James W. Moviell, presently of Fort Jackson, together with the minister of the Dillon Presbyterian church, a personal friend of all the members of the bereaved family. Another minister offering his sympathetic presence to the assembled group was the Rev. C. P. Coble, Pastor of Hopewell church in Florence county and of Latta church. The service was opened with a hymn, sung by a choir of friends from the county. Following the song Chaplain Moviell read passages from the Bible, having been introduced as a minister ordained in the Congregational church. After the reading of the Scripture, the congregation was led in prayer.

   The minister called the family's attention to the sympathetic gesture of the host of friends gathered from a wide section of the area and of the manifest concern of our government in going to any length to bring back to us our beloved dead from the remotest reaches of the earth.

   Veterans of World War II served as pallbearers. Captain Moore and Wilmer Lee, service officer of the American Legion, folded the flag which Mr. Lee presented to the family with appropriate words of sympathy and appreciation. Words of committal were repeated, a firing squad from FortJackson gave its salute, from the near distance a bugle softly sounded taps. God's sun bathed the bared heads of the assembled worshippers as God's benediction was pronounced, and so came to an end this part of the earthly tribute to another soldier who had served his day and time well, and had come home for his final resting place in the churchyard of his boyhood home.

   Captain Rowland entered service on April 11, 1942. Received his basic training at Camp Claiborne, La., he attended Officers Candidate school at Fort Bevoir, Va., after which he returned to Camp Claiborne where he was a lieutenant in the 369th Engineers. This regiment was sent to California where built several hospitals and camps in 1942-43.

   Captain Rowland left for Guadalcanal in March 1943 where he spent 14 months in construction work. He was promoted to captain on December 31, 1944, in June, 1945 he was sent to Manila in the Philippines where he remained until September 1. He was moved to Luzon and died nine days later from injuries sustained in an automobile wreck.

   Captain Rowland graduated from Dillon high school and attended Clemson college two years.

   Survivors include his widow the former Miss Evelyn Holder of Jonesboro, N.C.; a son, John Edward, Jr., 5; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Rowland of Hamer, and the following brothers and sisters: R. A. Rowland of Dillon, S-1C J. C. Rowland, USN in the Pacific, Mrs. C. B. Skipper of Fayetteville, N.C., Mrs. C. D. Powell of Latta, Mrs. Maxwell Booth of Bamberg and a half-sister, Mrs. Erwin Williams of Lumberton, N.C.


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