--- Bolling, Jr., Alexander Russell
ALEXANDER RUSSELL ("BUD") BOLLING, JR., passed away on October 6, 2011; he was born in Ft. McPherson, Georgia, on September 11, 1922, the son of the late Lt. General and Mrs. Alexander R. Bolling.
Bud and his late wife, Fran, are survived by their daughter, Kathryn Bolling; son and wife, Russ and Elaine Bolling; granddaughter and husband, Karen and Brian Ide; grandson and wife, Russ and Mackenzie Woodward; grandson and
fiancée, Ryan Bolling and Glenda Romero; grandson, Tyler Bolling; granddaughter, Brooke Bolling; and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Lauren Ide.
True to his sense of humor, he was known affectionately as "Uncle Bud" by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1940. Graduating in 1943, he crossed Utah Beach in France in the summer of 1944 in command of an infantry platoon.
Wounded and captured in January 1945, he escaped the following March and joined the 84th Infantry Division, finishing the war on the Elbe River as a Rifle Company Commander.
Following six months of occupation in Germany, he was returned to West Point to teach German.
The subsequent 28 years were characterized by assignments that would prepare him for the highest public positions. Fluent in German and Portuguese and conversant in French, he served twice in Brazil, once in Taiwan, and twice in Vietnam.
His schooling included the United States Military Academy, the Infantry School (where he also served as a Tactics Instructor), the Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. He served twice on the Army General Staff and led troops at every level of command commensurate with his rank.
In 1968, while commanding the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, he was ordered to deploy immediately with his entire unit to Vietnam to counter the North Vietnamese Tet offensive. During this combat service, he was promoted to Brigadier General, only to receive another promotion to Major General in less than two years.
In 1973, after more than 30 years of service to his country, Bud retired and settled with his beloved wife in Dallas.
Never inactive, he immediately became an Executive with a K-Mart Corporation subsidiary and subsequently developed a computer service company for physicians, which entered the public arena in the 1980's.
In 1985, he retired again and devoted his time to writing and publishing, to his church, to service in several academic, philanthropic, and patriotic organizations, and to his family.
Recognition of his accomplishments was manifold. Military decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, two Silver Stars for gallantry in combat, three Bronze Stars for valor, 18 Air Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, the U.S., Vietnamese, and Brazilian parachute badges, and a number of foreign decorations. Additionally, he received numerous awards for his civic service to the many communities with which he had been involved. Despite all of this, Bud always said that his only desire was described in a line from his West Point Alma Mater: "And when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said "Well done!! Be thou at peace."
For Memorial and Inurnment Services information, contact J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, VA at 804-733-8511 or go to www.jtmorriss.com; search for Bolling, Alexander R. Jr. under Obituaries. (Directions to Memorial and Inurnment Services are included). In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (www.lbda.org).
[The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, Oct 16, 2011, Sun]
Final resting place
The ashes of retired Maj. Gen. Alexander 'Bud' Boiling Jr. were interred at the Boiling family mausoleum at Blandford
Cemetery in Petersburg [VA] Saturday afternoon. War hero, general
returns to his ancestral home. The ceremony for retired Maj. Gen. Alexander 'Bud' Boiling Jr. was highlighted by full military honors. Although he was never a resident of Petersburg, he was a direct descendent of Colonial emigrant Robert Boiling I.
The ceremony for retired Maj. Gen. Alexander 'Bud'
Boiling Jr. was highlighted by full military honors. Although he was
never a resident of Petersburg, he was a direct descendent of Colonial
emigrant Robert Boiling I. FROM STAFF REPORTS PETERSBURG The ashes of
retired Maj. Gen. Alexander "Bud" Boiling Jr. were interred at
Bland-ford Cemetery on Saturday during a ceremony highlighted by full
military honors. The highly decorated general died Oct. 6 at his home in
Dallas and never lived in Petersburg. But his remains joined illustrious
ancestors at the Boiling family mausoleum. The Boiling family was among
the early settlers at Jamestown and one of the earliest and prominent
families in the establishment of Petersburg. Before the interment
ceremony there was be a memorial service at BOLLING Christ and Grace
Church. The interment at the cemetery featured the descendants of
Boiling, as well as representatives of the Boiling Family Association,
the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and active duty representatives
of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C. An estimated 40 to
50 people attended the interment. Boiling, 89, was a combat veteran of
both World War n and the Vietnam War, in addition to serving twice on
the Army General Staff. His military decorations included two Silver
Stars for gallantry in combat, three Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple
Heart, two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, 18 Air
Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge with Star. Boiling was a direct
descendant of Colonial emigrant Robert Boiling I. In retirement, Gen.
Boiling became interested in his Boiling ancestry, and after extensive
research, he published "The Boiling Family Eight Centuries of Growth" in
1990. This work detailed the English history from the 10th century of
the Boiling family, to the arrival in Colonial Jamestown in 1660 of
Robert Boiling I, who married Jane Rolfe, the granddaughter of
Pocahontas. Robert Boiling II moved the family to Petersburg and the
family owned a significant amount of property here. He was active in the
building of Blandford Church. His grandson, Robert Boiling IV, built
Centre Hill Mansion, which today is a city museum. Gen. Boiling was
preceded in death by his wife, Fran, who is also interred at the Boiling
mausoleum at Blandford Cemetery. He is survived by a daughter, Kathryn
Boiling; a son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Elaine Boiling; and
[The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA, 14 Nov 2011, Mon, Page A1
[courtesy of" Mandy G."]
Crypt marker for Alexander Russell Bolling in
Bolling Family Mausoleum, Ward A-OG, Square 199/208,
Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg (Petersburg City), Virginia.
Captain Bolling filed this application for the Pennsylvania
WWII Veterans Bonus on 9 February 1950.
His eligibility based on residency apparently came into question and he
submitted these two documents to substantiate his claim.
He was credited with 17 months of domestic duty and 16
months of foreign service yielding a $410 bonus award.