USS Belleau Wood CV-24 / CVL-24
Bois Belleau R-97
June 13, 2011
My wife's grandfather was aboard this ship as well. We just lost him this past weekend
do to failing health. If you know how to contact any other shipmates, please forward
this to them as well. ANY AND ALL ARE INVITED!
I gather enough courage to ask him about his war experience a few weeks ago and
he gave me very few details. I wish I would have asked him sooner to fully understand
his experience. I hope other shipmates attend his Full military honors funeral.
Roland "Rollie" J. Huibregtse, 86, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away on Saturday,
June 11, 2011 at his home with his family at his side. Rollie was born on December 11,
1924 in Plymouth, WI to John and Helen (Duerlow) Huibregtse. He attended Sheboygan
Rollie married the late Carolyn Carpenter in 1947 in Michigan and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past Veterans Day, November 11th. In his younger days Rollie enjoyed hunting, fishing and in later years looked forward to his Wednesday 'date' days
Rollie joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943 serving in Pacific, Asia, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii aboard the USS Belleau Wood.
Rollie was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls. He was an avid
sports fan, not missing a Brewer or Packer Game. He was a member the American Legion,
VFW and a volunteer Fireman for the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department for 21 years.
Rollie was employed at Kohler Co. for 42 years retiring from the Security Department.
Rollie is survived by four daughters and three sons, Thomas, Lawton, Okla.; Dick (Gail), Sheboygan Falls; Sue (Roger), Sheboygan Falls; Joyce (Myron) Praeger, Port
Washington; Jane Huibregtse, Kay (Mike) Braun, and Peter, all of Sheboygan Falls; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer, Shelly (Dave), Gina (Clint), Mark (special friend, Gretchen),
Michael, Kristi (Caleb), Jill, Jason (Amanda), Joel (special friend, Ashley), Rachel (special friend, Nick), Brendan, Blake, Carly, and Nicole (special friend, Robert); eight great-grandchildren, Jaymz, Jedidiah, Zachariah, Charlie, Brody, Macy, Madylin, Damon (special friend, Kyra); two sisters, Marcella (Sally) Vreeke, Sheboygan; Marjorie Wangemann, Sheboygan; two brothers, Dale (Dolly), Jerry (Kay) both of Sheboygan Falls. He is further survived by JoAnn Bartzen, Marjorie (Wayne) Siefert and Faye Entringer, all of Sheboygan;
and special pet, Buckwheat.
Rollie was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn; his parents; his parent-in-laws, John and Helen Carpenter; one brother, Clarence (Peanuts); and four brothers-in-law, Roger Vreeke,
Guy Entringer, Clem Bartzen and Ted Wangemann.
Funeral services to celebrate Rollie's life will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at
First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls, with the Rev. Brad Veenendaal officiating.
Interment will be in Sheboygan Falls Cemetery with full military honors.
Relatives and friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until the time of the service
Thursday at the church. A memorial fund has been established in Rollie's name for Sharon
S. Richardson Community Hospice and First Reformed Church.
For online remembrances and more information, please visit www.wenig funeralhome.com.
Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Rollie's family with arrangements.
Below is a short sketch that was included in a family history that we published (first published in 1980). I do have some documentation that my father kept from the ship - mainly gun repair manuals and flight training manuals. Also, a copy of one ship newsletter (2 pages) - apparently they published a weekly flyer for the sailors each week to keep them apprised of ship activities and the war.
Lieutenant (j.g.) Alvin Harold Casey
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