November 11, 2011
Rodney Duncan, 86, pictured in the home he built north of Craig, served in Burma and India for nearly 19 months during World War II. Duncan, originally from a homestead south of Steamboat Springs, traveled around the world during his deployment with the U.S. Army 330th Engineer Regiment.
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Cold, bracing winters. Nights lit by lamp or firelight, devoid of a town luxury called electricity. Meals harvested from the family garden and prepared by a mother’s hand. Rodney Duncan was used to these things. And hard work — yes, he was used to that, too. As a young man, Duncan and his father got up every day to farm the family homestead north of Oak Creek. Then, from 3 to 11 p.m., they went to work at the Moffat Coal Co., applying the welding skills they’d learned together at a welding school in Steamboat Springs.