|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1919|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan., 1993|
Watertown Daily Times 31Jan1993
Lafargeville-Retired U.S.Air Force Col.Roscoe R.Haller,73,Richmond Va.a native of Lafargeville and a decorated Army Air Corp Pilot died Saturday in Henrico Doctor's Hospital in Richmond.
A private funeral service will be held.Arrangements are with Joseph W.Bliley Funeral Home.There are no immediate survivors.
Born Feb 3 1919,a son of Frank and Lottie Brady Haller,he graduated from Lafargeville High School and attended St Lawrence University,Canton.
He married Corrine Senter and the couple lived for a while in Potsdam,where Mrs.Haller was employed as a teacher.The marriage ended in a divorce.
Col. Haller joined the Army Air Corps in Jan.1943 and flew 67 combat missions in B-26 Marauder bombers during his 58 months in the European Theater.In Feb.of 1944,he was forced to make an emergency jump from his plane.His unpacked parachute ripped as he jumped out the bomb bay doors.With only partial chute he fell quickly to the ground,but was only slightly injured.
On D-Day he commanded the lead aircraft from England into Brittany,making way for the Allied invasion.For his wartime
service he was awarded the distinguished Flying cross,The Air medal,Two Silver and one bronze Oak Leaf clusters,and the Purple Heart.
Following the War he was assigned to Occupation Air Forces,in Germany.He was deputy commander of one of the airlift bases and flew supplies into Russian blocked Berlin.
He also served as an air force officer at the Nuremberg Trials.
In 1957 was assigned to Korea for a year to work with the United Nations Truce commission.On Jan 20 1961 he served as
Commander of Troops for John F.Kennedy's innaugaral parade.
During his time at Andrews Air Force Base he was often called on to escort the President.
He was a member of American Legion post 1778,at Lafargeville.
Frank J Haller (1886 - 1954)
Lottie M Brady Haller (1890 - 1983)
Thurston W Haller (1913 - 1977)*
Roscoe Richard Haller (1919 - 1993)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes were committed to the St. Lawrence River per his request
Created by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
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