Lewis Roosa, 86, G/395, of Paoli PA, died Oct. 9, 2011. In 1943, he joined the ASTP program at Tarleton College in Texas, but when the war in Europe escalated, he was transferred to the 99th and shipped to England. Once when on patrol, he became separated from his group, and found himself confronted by a German armored car. “In the face of heavy concentration of machine gun fire, Pvt. Roosa worked his BAR into position and brought devastating fire on the enemy guns. So furious was the hail of bullets fired by Roosa’s rifle, the enemy was forced to withdraw,” reads the citation from his Silver Star. After the war, he enrolled in MIT, graduating in 1949 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. He worked with GE Company for 34 years, retiring in 1988. He then obtained his teacher’s certificate and was a substitute teacher for several high schools. Survivors include his wife, Jean; four children; and five grandchildren.
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