Portraits of American Veterans Project
By Jeanine Hill-Soldner


John D. Roach
by Jeanine Hill-Soldner

John D. Roach
United States Navy
Machinist Mate First Class Petty Officer
Vietnam, USS Point Defiance, USS Cleveland, 1966– 78

Being the third generation to serve in the Navy, his grandmother was in the Navy and his Dad an officer. John grew-up as a Navy “brat” with a childhood of multiple moves with his father’s 30 year career Senior Chief Petty Officer who served on ships during WW II and the Korean War. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and completed boot camp in San Diego, California. He deployed to Vietnam in 1967 on the USS Point Defiance, LSD for an extended 9 month tour off the coast of Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1968 where the amphibious assault ship moved Marines frequently along the coast. Later he served on the USS Cleveland off the coast of Vietnam and later he served on the USS Coontz on several extended cruises in the Mediterranean, Central African Coast and the Caribbean. He was an engine mechanic in the engine rooms below deck, and an instructor at the United States Navy Propulsion Engineering school. After 12 years in the Navy John was discharged in 1978 and became Project Manager in Nuclear Power Plant Construction, real estate manager and construction site manager in the health care industry.

Home: Crystal Lake, IL.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Price: Not For Sale