Lt. Col. Rembert Gary “Gabe” Rollison, a 1966 graduate of what is now the University of North Georgia, was posthumously inducted June 24 into the Ranger Hall of Fame in recognition of a 20-year career as a decorated military officer that included tours in Vietnam and Korea and service as an instructor.
Rollison commissioned into the Army upon graduation and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School that same year. After finishing Ranger School, he was assigned as an instructor at the Mountain Ranger course at Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega, and in January 1967, he completed Jungle Warfare School in Panama.
Rollison served two tours of duty in Vietnam — with the 4th and 25th Infantry Divisions in 1967-68 and with the 101st Airborne Division in 1970-71.
Awards he’s received also include two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, the Soldier’s Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals with “V” Device, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
In 1971, after returning from his second tour in Vietnam, Rollison was one of a few infantry officers selected to attend the Armor Career Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
After completing the course, he taught military science at Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, Mo., and in 1974 he was again assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Rollison completed Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1978 and then served a one-year tour in Korea.
His last assignment was with Joint Task Force Alaska at Elmendorf Air Force Base, where he retired from active duty in 1987.
Rollison grew up in Hinesville and was married to Martha White of Gainesville. He died in October 2000.
Nominees to the Ranger Hall of Fame are selected from Ranger units and associations representing each era of Ranger history and are evaluated by the Ranger Hall of Fame Selection Board.