MANSFIELD -- Richland County Joint Veterans Counsel has announced an American flag will be raised on Thursday Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., in front of the Richland County Courthouse to honor deceased Richland County U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Army National Guard Veteran Richard King ‘Dick’ Rowland.
Rowland was born Sept. 24, 1950 in New London, Ohio to the late King B. and Leah ‘Jean’ Cook Rowland. He was a 1968 graduate of New London High School.
Rowland devoted his life and career to the U.S. Air Force and Ohio Army National Guard and was a graduate from the Senior NCO Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. He retired after serving 36 years (1968 to 2004) with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant from the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base.
Rowland served in Italy, Korea, Germany and Saudi Arabia. He received the Meritorious Service Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, AF Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal w/2 Devises, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Air Reserves Forces Meritorious Service Medal w/5 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/4 Devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal With Two Devices, NCO Professional Military Education Graduation Ribbon. He was also the State SNCO of the Year and the Wing SNCO of the Year three times.
Rowland was also retired as a full-time fire fighter at Mansfield Lahm with the State of Ohio after 28 years of service. He was also a volunteer fire fighter in Shelby and New London and was a member of the AMVETS, VFW and Masonic Lodge.
Rowland passed away Oct 27, 2018 at the age of 68 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby/
He is survived by his wife Faline (Buckert) Rowland, his daughter Tess Thomas and son Chris Rowland.
The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program.