Many in and around Newport simply knew Ted Roseland as Barber Ted who cut hair for years in his SW Hurbert Street shop. Little did they know that Ted, in addition to being a real hero, was one of a vanishing breed…China Marines. Ted who joined at the age of 19 in 1943 was in combat most every day until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Ted, like many combat veterans didn’t talk much about his exploits. So, this fellow Marine who had the distinct honor of knowing Ted during the last years of his live will proudly do it for him. United States Marine Corps PFC Ted Roseland fought on every Pacific Island except Iwo Jima. Of the 81 days it took the Marines to take Okinawa, Ted fought 79 of them. He and four others were sent behind enemy lines to blow an ammo dump. Ted, the only survivor, was missing for 28 days but returned to his unit. In 1946, Ted, along with other China Marines received the Japanese surrender of China in the city of Tsing Tao (now called Quindao). Ted Roseland was no ordinary hero, he was special. Ted left us last week as his tour of duty here on earth was over. Thank you Ted.
Editors note: Ted passed away nearly three months after the passing of his wife Vera Mae Roseland on July 14th of this year. Ted and Vera are now survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
United States Marine Corps 1959-1968