About The Commander
James Vollrath was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1980.
Commander Vollrath enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1981. Upon completion of boot camp and follow-on training, he was assigned to the USS Constellation. After completing pre-deployment training, he was then deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans in August 1981.
Commander Vollrath was honorably discharged from the Navy in December 1988. He was awarded the Sea Service Deployment ribbon (2nd award) as well as the Meritorious unit commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Good conduct Medal (2nd award), Navy Expert Pistol Medal, Navy Expert Rifle Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with the “O” device signifying operations for actions conducted off Central and South America in support of drug interdiction operations. Commander Vollrath discharged from the Navy as a Gunner Mate Guns First Class (E-6).
Upon leaving the Navy, commander Vollrath started a family and is a proud father of two beautiful daughters. Danielle Marie, 35, and living in Millersville and Samantha Johanna, 28, and living in Lancaster. Danielle married Nate Geiter and had two exceptional daughters Kayden, age 10 and Sophia, age 8. Commander Vollrath is also blessed to find the love of his life, Valerie Beard.
Commander Vollrath is currently employed by the County of Lancaster as a Correctional Sergeant at the Lancaster County Prison. He has been employed there for the past 25 years.
Commander Vollrath has held numerous positions within The American Legion prior to being elected as The Department Commander. His positions include serving as Post Sgt-At-Arms, Post Adjutant, District commander, Post commander, Eastern Section vice Commander. he has also served on numerous Department and National committees.
Commander Vollrath and his First Lady Valerie currently reside in Columbia which is located in Lancaster County and try to enjoy every moment together as they watch their children and grandchildren grow.