Maxwell William Roman – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Maxwell William Roman, 81, a retired Air Force colonel and decorated World War II veteran who spent the majority of his career in the air weather service, died of cardiopulmonary arrest February 14, 1999 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Lorton.

After his military retirement in 1965, Colonel Roman began a career as a high school math teacher in Prince George’s County. He taught at Friendly High School in Fort Washington and then at Oxon Hill High School for about five years until in 1986.

He retired to Florida but moved backed to the Washington area in 1997,  residing in Springfield and then Lorton.

Colonel Roman, who was born in Cornucopia, Wis., and raised in Elkton, Md., began his military career after graduating from high school as a weather observer in the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned in 1940 and completed pilot training the following year.

During World War II, he served with the 9th Air Force in North Africa and in England. As commander of the 9th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Colonel Roman forecasted weather conditions for the D-Day invasion.

Earlier, he flew weather reconnaissance in support of the bombing missions against the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. By war’s end, he had flown 100 combat missions over enemy territory.

After the war, he was stationed in Turkey and assisted in the establishment of that country’s national weather service.

His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and 18 Air Medals.

His marriage to Beverly J. Roman ended in divorce. His second wife, Anna Palmatier Roman, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Judith Roman Jones and Mark S. Roman, both of Lorton, and Christopher S. Roman of Springfield; and four grandchildren.


On Sunday, February 14, 1999, beloved husband of the late Nancy Palmatier Roman; father of Judith R. Jones, Mark S. Roman and Christopher S. Roman. Also survived by four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 1 p.m. DEMAINE     SPRINGFIELD-ANNANDALE CHAPEL, Backlick & Edsall Rds., Springfield, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, March 26 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of one’s choice.

Read our general and most popular articles

Leave a Comment