Born on December 16, 1916, in Milford, PA, and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Roland Luerich, Jr., was the son of a Methodist minister who served as a chaplain in the first World War.
At The Citadel, he majored in Civil Engineering and was a member of the varsity boxing squad for three years. He was a Cadet Private throughout his four year study and was a member of Cadet Company “I” his first two years and “H” the last two.
Called to active duty on graduation, as a second lieutenant coastal artillery, he transferred to the Corps of Engineers prior to shipping overseas. He was a veteran of the North Africa, Sicily and Italy landings. First Lieutenant Roland Luerich, Jr. served as a combat engineer in the 175th Engineering Battalion before transferring to Company “A”, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division. (more…)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 28, 1924, to Blanche J. Nelson and Carl Theodore Nelson, young Fielding attended school in Chicago and graduated from Schurz High School June 1942. His Junior year at Schurz High, he was a member of the R.O.T.C. Picked Platoon which placed fifth out of 26 drill teams in the citywide competition. He was a Cadet Technical Sergeant and the drill platoon’s guide.
He entered The Citadel at Charleston September 1942. During his brief time at the military college, he was a member of Cadet Company A until his call to active duty as an enlisted reservist March 3, 1943.
Overseas in Italy, Private First Class Nelson served with Company E, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Twenty-six days short of his twentieth birthday, PFC Nelson was killed in action on June 2, 1944, in the vicinty of Palestrina, Italy, 63 km north of Anzio, 40 km east of Rome. He was buried at the U.S. military cemetery at Nettuno. This cemetery was later made into the permanent Sicily-Rome American Cemetery maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Four of Fielding’s Citadel classmates rest in eternal peace at the cemetery.
Following the war, per his family’s wishes, his body was repatriated and interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois. He was survived by his parents and older brother, Carel T. (Ted) Nelson.
“America’s Band” in 2015: The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Invited Back to Tattoo in Scotland to Represent the US
In 2015, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will proudly represent the United States at the world’s largest musical event of its kind, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.
The only United States military college band to ever be invited to the exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be headed back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in July of 2015, with the help of supporters. The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will again be the only U.S. band appearing on the medieval castle esplanade for the month-long festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The program is broadcast in 30 countries to approximately 100 million people annually, according to the BBC.
“The links between Scotland and the Carolinas are well-founded and well-documented. So, on their return to Tattoo, the Regimental Band and Pipes of The Citadel will open with one of the great Scottish pipe tunes, from one citadel to another…as the stars and stripes fly high for America’s Band,” said BBC presenter Iain Anderson during the 2010 Tattoo.
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is working to raise the funds needed to send 80 band members, and all the necessary equipment back to the prestigious event for the third time. The college represented the U.S. after receiving the coveted invitation to the international festival, the largest of its kind in the world, in 1991 and then again in 2010. The Citadel was the first military college invited to Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-in-bur-uh) and is the only military college ever invited since.