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Rank  Major General
Name  Roger Colton

Born  December 15, 1887 (1887-12-15)
Died  January 28, 1978(1978-01-28) (aged 90)
Allegiance  United States Of America
Battles/wars  Battle of the Kasserine Pass
Awards  Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal

Service/branch  United States Army

Major General Roger Baldwin Colton (born 15 December 1887 in Jonesboro, Burke County, North Carolina) served as United States Army Air Communications Officer of Technical Services during World War II.


Early life

Colton was the last of the eight brothers and sisters born to his parents of Irish descent. His father died when Roger was only six, with his mother passing away when he was at the age of sixteen. His cousins were already raising his brother, Henry Elliott, and they took him in after the death of his mother.


Roger's cousins sent him to the Taft School from where he graduated at age 19, and later attended Yale University. He graduated from Yale at the age of 22 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Yale Sheffield School of Science and a membership in the Sigma Xi and Theta Xi honorary societies.

Military service

General Dwight D. Eisenhower credited Roger for his successful re-organization of the United States Armed Forces and final defeat of the Nazis at Kasserine Pass, and the Invasion of Sicily. This would later earn him a promotion in September 1944 to Major General of the Army. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal for his technical and executive skills in development and supplying of vital communications equipment despite critical shortages of materials.

Later career

Following World War II, Colton joined the International Telephone & Telegraph Corporation's Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation division as a vice president. In 1950, he became president of Federal Telecommunications Laboratories, the company's research division.


Roger died January 24, 1978 and was buried at his present grave site in the Arlington National Cemetery.


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