Rolando Agustin Aragon
2 julio , 1938 – 11 mayo , 2020
Rolando Agustin Aragon, age 81, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away on Monday May 11, 2020. Rolando was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia on July 2, 1938. Rolando served in the United States Army with exemplary distinction during his 20 years of active duty. During his time in service, he had numerous military occupational specialties; including Infantryman, Paratrooper, Supply Sergeant, Artilleryman and First Sergeant. He served and toured in Belgium, Central America, Germany, Italy, Korea, Vietnam, Fort Hood, Fort Ord, Fort Polk, Fort Sill and many other places. His Military accomplishments include the Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon along with many other awards and decorations. After retiring from the Army, he enjoyed life to the fullest. Most of his time was spent travelling, playing racquetball, bird watching in his backyard, playing chess with his son and spending quality time with his granddaughter Leah. He always approached life with a positive attitude and high spirits. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, passion for traveling around the world and meeting new people from all walks of life. You will always live in our memories. Un abrazo fuerte mi querido papa. Nunca te olvidaré
He is preceded in death by his son Brian Horvath and granddaughter Josephine Francisco Herrera
Survived by his sons: Daniel Aragon, Ronney Herrera, Aaron Horvath. His daughters: Tanya Horvath, Violeta Serpa. His grandchildren: Leah Aragon, Ronny Herrera Jr., Jessica Herrera, Emily Horvath, Charlie Horvath, Henry Horvath. His brothers: Dante Raul Aragon, Hernan Aragon. HIs sisters: Gina Aspiazu, Elia Caspary, Rosario Homsi and lots of beloved nieces and nephews.
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Rolando Agustin Aragon
2 julio , 2020
In this photo, taken by Jim Hollingsworth at the 2019 Fort Worth Veterans Chess Championship, a lot may have changed since First Sergeant Aragon was the “Barracks King.” But his eyes remain as sharp and focused as when he inspected his Soldiers. He soaks in every detail of the board.
His last rated tournament was sometime in the late 1980's. When told the cover of Chess Life recently had a photo of a Grand Master playing chess while skydiving, he said, “I would have absolutely loved to have done that, but I was too busy making sure everyone else jumped out of the airplane!”
The Fort Worth Veterans Chess Club salutes First Sergeant Rolando Aragon. — at Fort Worth Veterans Affairs Clinic.
2 julio , 2020
Published on the FWOPC Facebook page (and many other places) on April 4, 2019.
The Ultimate Chess Warrior.
Army retired First Sergeant Rolando Aragon served our Nation with exemplary distinction during his 25 years of active duty. He accomplished many important jobs including Infantryman, Paratrooper, Supply Sergeant, Red-leg Artilleryman, Personnel Non Commissioned Officer in Charge, and First Sergeant. He served in Belgium, Central America, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mogadishu, Vietnam, Fort Hood, Fort Ord, Fort Polk, Fort Sill and many other places.
He calls those who served in the 1st Cavalry Division, 10th Mountain and 82d Airborne Divisions brothers. At Fort Sill’s Reception Station, he was often the first real Soldier many new recruits encountered. He ensured they swapped their civilian clothes for new uniforms and learned to march before transferring them to Drill Sergeants and Basic Training. He was also the guy who ensured all received their first immaculate Army haircut (high and tight – the higher the better).
First Sergeant Aragon received the Meritorious Service Medal twice along with many other awards and decorations. After retiring he continued his valuable service for another ten years by working in FEMA.
In the “good old days” before US Chess kept computerized records, First Sergeant Aragon was one of the most feared chess players at Fort Sill. There were many demands on his time and few opportunities to play in rated tournaments. He surely would have made Expert if given the chance.
To be continued ...
2 julio , 2020
Today is July 2nd and I am shocked to learn my old friend and chess warrior, First Sergeant (U.S. Army retired) Rolando A. Aragon, has left us. We played a lot of chess in the good old days when I was a young Soldier at Fort Sill. Over the years we stayed in touch. After he retired he settled down in nearby Watauga. His love for chess never waned. And he was a true warrior; serving our Nation’s Armed Forces to keep us all safe.
I called him and invited him to play in the 2019 Fort Worth Veterans Open Chess Championship. I was quite pleased when he showed up. His competitive spirit was still the same. He was a formidable opponent for all. That was the last time I saw him.
I grew concerned a few months ago when dialing his phone number resulted in “The telephone number you have dialed is temporarily not in service.” How long is “temporary” I thought? So I called back every week and got the same answer. The pandemic crossed my mind. I hoped for the best and dreaded the day I might learn the truth. Today is that day and I am sad.
At the 2019 Fort Worth Veterans Open Chess Championship he let me take his photo and interview him. I posted the article in several places. It was well received. I post that article again, to honor my friend and comfort his family. Godspeed Rolando. I hope you found chess boards in Heaven long before the Devil knew you arrived.
27 junio , 2020
We will miss you Rolando. You were a great friend and we had good times at Fema.
Rolando lived a good and exciting life. I hope we meet again.
25 mayo , 2020
As far as I can remember, Tio made our moments together memorable. Always a positive outlook on life, no matter the circumstances. Deeply missed, but I know that he lived his life to the fullest, no regrets. RIP Tio.
19 mayo , 2020
Dear Daniel and family,
We are saddened by your dad's passing. We have fond memories of his visits to all our families here in FL and his great sense of humor and genial personality. A great uncle, he would send us toys down to Bolivia when we were kids. We know that he lived a life well lived and loved his children deeply. Our deepest condolences. A great guy. Sleep well tio, we will always remember you.
Jorge Caspary Aragon (nephew) and wife Maria plus your grandnieces Andrea, Danielle, and Claudia