Hometown: Independence, IA
Service: Merchant Marine
Position / Rank: Engine Cadet
Date / Place of death: September 26, 1943
Date / Place of burial: Unknown / Oakwood Cemetery, Independence, IA
Roland E. Netcott entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps on September 18, 1942, at Kings Point. He received his appointment as Cadet-Midshipman, USNR on October 2, 1942. According to Academy records he was assigned to the Liberty Ship SS Tabitha Brown on October 22, 1942. Crew lists on file in New York indicate that he signed on as Engine Cadet in Portland, OR on October 26. He signed off the ship upon its arrival in New York from Trinidad on March 20, 1943.
Cadet-Midshipman Roland E. Netcott was discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve and,presumably the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, on July 16, 1943. Since Academy records indicate that he died on September 26, 1943, just two months after his
discharge, the reason for his discharge may have been either injury or illness.
For his merchant marine service Cadet- Midshipman Roland E. Netcott earned the
Atlantic and Pacific War Zone Bars, the Victory Medal and Presidential Testimonial Letter.
Roland E. Netcott was the only son and youngest of Ronald E. Netcott, Sr. and Irene
Netcott’s two children. Roland’s big sister was Avenel, two years older. The Netcott family
was well established in Independence, Iowa where Roland’s father and Uncle Harry were
architects practicing together in the firm of Netcott & Netcott. Growing up Roland was a
Boy Scout. In April 1934, when he was thirteen years old he was awarded a medal
and gold watch for preventing a fast freight train from de-railing near Independence.