George Roscoe was born on January 31,1913 to Andrew and Dora Roscoe who lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. His parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia. George was the younger of two children.
George attended Phoenixville Schools and was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. He was a volunteer of Friendship Fire Company.
George married Genevieve Stevens. He then obtained employment at the Valley Forge General Hospital which opened on Washington’s Birthday in 1944. It was the largest military hospital in the country, capable of treating over 3,000 patients, in over 100 buildings. Located just south of Phoenixville on Bridge Street, today it is the Valley Forge Christian College.
George was drafted into the Army and entered service on April 6, 1944. He received basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and was sent overseas to the European Theater of Operations in September. George was assigned to the 47th Armored Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division. George’s division landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, on July 24th and entered combat on August 2nd. In September, George’s division began a 130 mile drive across France from Paris to Belgium. The division advanced 100 miles through enemy territory in 8 hours.
Private George J. Roscoe was Killed In Action on December 3, 1944, in Belgium. He is buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium. In his last letter home, he wrote that he was in Belgium for a rest.
George's brother, Joseph, served in the Navy during the war.