Salute to Service - MDSH Rolando Amador
US Naval Academy
December 4, 1992 – February 5, 2015
Represented by Ryan Allen, Joe Cardona, and Lawrence Guy
United States Naval Academy Midshipman Second Class Rolando Antonio Amador, was born in Brunswick, Maine, on December 4, 1992. Rolando graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine, in 2011, where he lettered in three sports and led two teams as Captain. He would say his greatest achievement was his acceptance to the United States Naval Academy.
Following a year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, Rolando entered the USNA class of 2016. At the Academy, he spent countless hours as a volunteer with the local community and led his Battalion as Sports Boss. He maintained exemplary grades throughout his time at the Academy, making the Commandant and Superintendent's List every semester while studying mechanical engineering.
Rolando was a natural born leader. Midshipmen tell stories of his feats, including the time he singlehandedly lifted a log meant to be carried by eight strong sailors, or the multiple occasions when he physically carried injured classmates through significant portions of physical events. He even led the charge on climbing the Herndon Monument, the culminating event of Plebe year.
For a man who could lift a small house, Rolando remained a gentle and humble soul, a comforter and encourager. He was strengthened by his faith, known for holding regular devotionals in his company wardroom and spurring many of his peers to reawaken their spiritual lives. Rolando lived every day dedicated and devoted to Jesus Christ.
Rolando Amador died while at the United States Naval Academy on February 5, 2015.