Roscoe L. Norman – Colonel, United States Air Force

Roscoe L. Norman
October 1, 1915 – September 14, 2001

Roscoe L. Norman, 85, died September 14, 2001 at Blake Hospital, Bradenton, Florida.

Born in Rochester and raised in Kokomo, he attended University of Alabama and graduated from University of Pittsburgh  with a major in industrial management. He graduated from the Army Language School, Monterey, California, where he received  rating as a Spanish interpreter.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1934 and in 1937 was appointed Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Infantry, followed by active duty as a junior officer with the U.S. Air Corps as a First Lieutenant. He integrated into the Air Force in 1947, retiring in 1961.

He earned the Bronze Star, American Defense Medal with one bronze star, American Theatre Medal with one battle star, Asiatic Pacific Medal with eight battle stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with one battle star, Air Force Reserve Medal, United Nations Service Medal with one battle star, three Presidential Unit citations, Air  Force Commendation Medal and Chinese Service Medal from the Chinese government.

After retirement, he was general manager and vice-president of a manufacturing plant in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, retiring from  there in 1979 and moving to Bradenton, Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, daughters, Linda, Teresa and Patricia, and grandchildren Kimberlee, Jessica, Michelle, Patrick, Natalee and sons-in-law Harry Holmbraker, Richard Butler and Greg Grumbley.

Services with full military honors will be held this month at Arlington National Cemetery.

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