In Memory of
Rollie Ernest Bucholz
Rapid City, South Dakota
September 28, 1917—July 30, 1941
Died Non-Battle, North Coates, England
Rollie was born on
September 28, 1917 in Wagner, South Dakota to Dave and Anna Bucholz. His uncle
and aunt, Frank and Violet Brodsky adopted him, at age 14. He graduated from
Mitchell High School and Morningside College. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and
He volunteered in Royal
Canadian Air Force in Canada. He was sent to England for training. In July,
1941, he sent a letter to Frank and Violet. In the letter, he teased Frank that
he should join the army because he thought he would make a good sergeant major.
He also requested items from home such as doublemint gum, Palmolive aftershave
lotion, and milk chocolate. He also told of what the war was like.
8. Real early in the morning we were awakened by bombardment and sirens.
From the roof of our hotel we saw streams of tracer flying between bombers and
fighters. Two planes caught fire and came down like comets. Later they were
confirmed to be German. Oh yes, some heavy explosions at 5:30 this morning.
I thought someone kicked my bed.
I was in London the past few
days, and they haven’t had a raid in a long while, still the Jerrys say over
the radio that she has, they are terrible liars.
The London fashion this year
is bomb crater flower garden. London has taken an awful lot, and her stone
buildings are all that saved her.
Rollie Buchloz was killed
at S. North Cotes, Lincolnshire, England while flying during a training
accident. He is buried at the North Cotes Village Cemetery.
His guardian, Uncle Frank
Brodsky, his father, two sisters, Thelma and Gladys and two brothers, Sonny and
Jerome survived him. His sister, Thelma Bucholz Piskule lives in Mitchell, SD
at Prairie Crossings. A building in Wagner was dedicated in his honor as the
Rollie Bucholz Memorial Building.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Bonnie
Bjork, Pierre, SD, July 23, 2002. Karell Lehmann, Rapid City, SD City, cousin
of Rollie Bucholz and William Hollman, Wagner, South Dakota, provided
information for this entry.