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Rollie Felts circa 1912 Felts family photo
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Rollie Felts circa 1912

Rollie Felts' Army picture. Probably taken around 1912.

Rollie was my Grandfather. I never knew him because my grandmother divorced him when my dad was very young.

I know that he was listed as a deserter, but turned himself in about 7 months later. I don't know if he was honorably discharged ornot...although I doubt it. ... show more

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Fascinating! What do you know about his desertion? We have a family friend who deserted the Portuguese army during the colonial revolution in Africa, and fled through France, where he met and married his current wife. At his 25th anniversary, he gave his speech in English, Portuguese, and French. It was amazing and romantic.
Feb 28, 2012 8:42 pm reply
All I know is, dear ol' grandad was a heavy drinker. I suspect he went on a bender for a few months, then turned himself in. I'm pretty certain this all happened prior to him marrying my grandmother.
He was a character, to be sure...but only lived with the family for a few years before my grandmother got tired of his wandering ways and divorced him.
Feb 28, 2012 9:23 pm reply
This is the best thing I've ever read on AF. Hands down.
Feb 28, 2012 9:53 pm reply
Filipe, there are so many crazy stories about him...the odd thing is, HE deserted; his son Don J Felts served on the USS Indianapolis throughout WW ll and was a survivor of the sinking. My dad Daniel R (Don's twin) was a Marine in WW ll, and fought at Okinawa. I served in the Air Force, and my son is going to be a Marine officer when he graduates from [external link] grandpa was a "colorful" character, but we're hoping we've made up for his misdeeds..!
Feb 28, 2012 10:07 pm reply
Kevin, it sounds like you all more than made up for him! but he was a good looking guy and looks like quite a charmer (in this picture and the one with your grandmother and the twins). I can see why your grandmother fell for him! ; )
Feb 28, 2012 10:10 pm reply
Photo taken at USA