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David A. Rolston, 71, died at his home in Yorktown on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
David had retired as colonel with the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served as a forward observer in the 21st Infantry Division, earning a Bronze Star for valor. David’s company was under intense fire and suffered casualties while assaulting an enemy encampment. To redirect his unit’s supporting artillery, David exposed himself to incoming fire as he raced through the battlefield to unprotected vantage points. His sacrifice allowed the rest of his unit to regroup and relocate, minimizing further death and injury.
As a field artillery officer, Col. Rolston went on to command at all levels, from battalion to corps. As commander of the 24th Infantry Division artillery in the 1990s, David deployed his unit to Saudi Arabia as the first heavy unit to participate in Operation Desert Shield. He was ultimately recognized for his service with a Legion of Merit, additional Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and many others.
Following his retirement, Col. Rolston was an active citizen of York County who treasured his community. He served as a member and chairman of the York County Wetlands Board for 16 years. Col. Rolston was highly involved in the York County Republican Party and served on numerous other committees and boards.
Throughout all of this, David was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was loved and admired for his intelligence, wit and camaraderie. His loss is grievous, but only because he touched so many lives.
Mr. Rolston is survived by his wife of 45 years, Juliet Rolston; two children, Rebecca Tidwell and John Rolston, and their spouses, Glenn Tidwell and Erica Rolston; five grandchildren, Adelyn, Ella, Finley and Rolston Tidwell and Abbott Rolston; two brothers, Gordon and Clyde Rolston; and sister, Carla Hebert.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive, Yorktown. His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Hope for the Warriors, 8003 Forbes Place, Suite 201, Springfield, VA 22151.
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