WWII veteran celebrates his 103rd birthday

A former North Haven resident and World War II veteran celebrated his 103rd birthday surrounded by family, friends and other well-wishers at his home in Woodbridge.

Howard Rohloff, who lived in North Haven for more than 60 years, turned 103 on March 20. He now resides at a senior living community called Coachman Square.

After graduating from college with a degree in electrical engineering, Rohloff served his country in both the Army and the Air Force during WWII. Upon his return from the war, he served the community of North Haven as a member of the police commission, and as a Boy Scout leader.

Rohloff and his wife raised their two sons, Robert and Brent, in North Haven.

Rohloff's son, Robert, said his father was born in New Haven, moved to Hamden, and attended the University of Connecticut.

From there, he enlisted in the Army.

Rohloff’s military career took him all over the world. His main job was bringing technology to military bases.

However, at one point during the war, Rohloff was tasked with delivering rations between Panama City and the Galapagos Islands. For months, he slept on a tugboat 13 miles south of the equator.

Sarah Malaspina, executive director of Coachman Square, indicated that Rohloff still has that adventurous spirit. 

“Howard is such a bright and happy resident,” she said. “Even at 103, he is up for anything and will often join us for off-site trips.”

While turning 103 is quite a feat, Malaspina said “every day with Howard is a celebration.”



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