HENDERSON, Nev. – Command Sgt. Maj. Roland A. VanDyne, 76, retired U.S. Army, died Dec. 6, 2006, in Henderson, Nev., after a long illness. He was born in Dover-Foxcroft, son of the late Arthur and Opal Rowell VanDyne. He served 29 years in the Army. His stateside assignments were at Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Camp McCoy, Wis.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and Fort Devens, Mass. His Foreign Service was in Japan, Korea and Vietnam; in Germany at Mittenwald, Stuttgart, Mannheim and Hanau; in France at Toul, Orleans, Nancy; and in Mons, Belgium with SHAPE Headquarters. His combat service was with the 3rd Infantry Division in the Korean War in 1950-1951 and with the 11th Air Assault Division, which became the 1st Air Calvary, Vietnam, in 1965-1966. His last military assignment was as Command Sgt. Maj. of the U.S. Army Intelligence School, Fort Devens, Mass., where he retired in 1982 and was awarded the Legion of Merit. Other decorations and medals awarded include, the Army Commendation Medal, 5th Oakleaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal, 8th Award; Army of Occupation Medal, Japan; Army of Occupation Medal, Germany; National Defense Service Medal, 1st Oakleaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, two Overseas Service Bars and three Overseas Service Ribbons. Upon retiring, he resided on Brown Street, in Kennebunk, for 15 years before moving to Henderson, Nev. He is survived by his wife, the former Susan Palmer of Henderson, Nev.; daughter, Leslie Craw and husband, Keith, of Parker, Colo.; two grandchildren, Clifford and Caroline Craw of Parker, Colo.; sister, Gail Preston of Bar Harbor; brother, Arnold of Milford; 11 nieces and nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Ann Hen-derson of Newport; and a brother, Tom of Brewer. A family burial service will be held at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4131 Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119. Arrangements by Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas.
RETIRED COMMAND SGT. MAJ. ROLAND A. VANDYNE
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.