Grand Island in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
William L. Rohde
July 12, 1907 - October 21, 1945
Private First Class (PFC) William L. Rohde was born on Grand Island to Herman and Sophia Long Rohde. He was the oldest of 4 children and their only son. He enlisted in the Army in April 1942 at age 35.
After serving briefly at several locations in the U.S., he was transferred to the remote Kiska post in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, in late 1943. He served as a radar technician. So close to Japan, this location was critical in defending the North Pacific, Canada, and the United States. Japan attacked Kiska in 1942 and held the small island until 1943.
The war ended in September 1945. On October 21, 1945, PFC William L. Rohde and 8 others were onboard a plane returning to the United States, and crashed in the Aleutian Islands. Tragically, all on board perished.
After temporary burial at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, all 9 soldiers were returned to rest together in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, 1948.
Erected 2021 by Grand Island VFW Memorial Post 9249, Grand Island American Legion and Grand Island Moose Lodge 180.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1942.
Location. 43° 1.545′ N, 78° 57.97′ W. Marker is on Grand Island, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard (New York State Route 324) and Baseline Road, on the right when traveling north on Grand Island Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2340 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island NY 14072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward P. Pierce (here, next to this marker); William S. Gillen (here, next to this marker); Charles N. DeGlopper (here, next to this marker); Howard W. Salton (here, next to this marker); George E. Smith (here, next to this marker); Eugene F. Dinsmore (here, next to this marker); Francis K. Goodchild (here, next to this marker); Charles A. Smith (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
Also see . . . DeGlopper Memorial. (Submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.