William F. Rolland, Sr.

Lieutenant Commander William F. "Bill" Rolland, Sr., USN, (November 12, 1929 – July 5, 1971) was a 41-year-old Annandale resident who was shot to death by 23-year-old Roger W. Whitney at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Sleepy Hollow Road on July 5, 1971 to settle a traffic dispute.[1]

Commander Rolland's 19-year-old son, William Jr., was shot to death shortly before his father. Rolland, who was on a 30-day-leave pending his departure for Viet Nam, was returning from a fireworks display with his wife, Virginia, four of the couple's other children, and Timothy Justice, a neighbor's son.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ward, Alex, and Sam Averiett."3 Suspects Held in Killings of Navy Commander, Son." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): A1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Jul 08 1971. Web. 7 Mar. 2012.