Military Bios

Major General Marshall S. Roth:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired July 31, 1967.   Died Jan. 3, 1995.
Marshall Stanley Roth was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1901. After graduating from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in Wisconsin in 1925, he entered the U.S. Military Academy, graduated on June 13, 1929, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
Assigned pilot training in September 1929, a year later General Roth graduated from flying school and was rated a pilot. He transferred to the Air Corps on Dec. 11, 1930.
General Roth's first assignment as an Air Corps officer was as supply, mess and armament officer of the 55th Pursuit Squadron, with which he served successively at Mather Field, Calif. He returned to Randolph Field, Texas in July 1932 to become a flying instructor at the Air Corps Flying School.
Entering the Air Corps Engineering School at Wright Field, Ohio in August 1935, General Roth graduated in June 1936, remaining at Wright Field in the special projects section and later becoming chief of the Alighting Gear Laboratory, Engineering Division. Appointed chief of the special research and development section there in March 1939, in July 1942 General Roth was appointed chief of the Fighter Branch in the Engineering Division.
From Dec. 2, 1942, to Jan. 8, 1943, General Roth served as an aeronautical engineer adviser to the Eighth Air Force in England. Returning to the United States in February 1943, he was named chief of the aircraft project section, Engineering Division, at Wright Field. From Nov. 1, 1943, to February 1944 General Roth had temporary duty in the Southwest Pacific, China-Burma-India and European theaters as an aeronautical engineer adviser to the Fifth, Fourteenth, Tenth, Ninth, Fifteenth and Eighth air forces.
Named acting chief of the Technical Staff, Engineering Division at Wright Field, Ohio in March 1944, a year later General Roth entered the Army-Navy Staff College, from which he graduated in August l945.
Going overseas in September 1945 to assume command of the 375th Troop Carrier Group in Japan, the following January he became commander of the 317th Troop Carrier Group and Tachakawa Army Air Base, Japan.
Returning to the United States in March 1947, General Roth was named chief of the guided missiles section, Air Materiel Command headquarters, Wright Field, Ohio. He entered the National War College in 1948, graduated in June 1949 and was appointed deputy director of Research and Development at Air Force headquarters with additional duty as chief of the engineering division. In January 1951 he became assistant for Development Programming in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Development at Air Force headquarters.
Joining the Air Defense Command in August 1953, the general was named deputy chief of staff, Materiel at ADC headquarters, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., becoming chief of staff for ADC on Nov. 21, 1956.
Assigned to Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 14, 1957, General Roth was designated assistant deputy chief of staff, Operations for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit. He is rated a command pilot and technical observer.


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