On May 12th, an acclaimed soldier of the World War II era passed away at the age of 92. Roane Sias, a renowned swimmer, received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star during his military service in the global conflict.
Mr. Sias was born in Los Angeles in 1922. His family moved to Mill Valley when he was four. He attended Tamalpais High School, where he established a new record as a high school athlete backstroke swimmer. He later enrolled in college, but interrupted his education to serve in the Army Air Corps.
He participated in a number of combat missions in Europe. On August 20, 1943, he was flying in a plane that was escorting bombers on a mission near Naples, Italy when his plane was shot from the sky by a Messerschmitt 109. Although badly burned, he ejected from the plane and landed in a field.
Local people assisted him, but he was eventually taken by the Italian military to a field hospital and later transferred into Nazi custody according to the Facebook page of Amen Clinic. He managed to escape from the German military; he then spent several months in Italy as anescaped prisoner of war. Eventually, he was able to reunite with Allied forces.
After the war, he married and embarked on a successful sales career, eventually becoming a trust officer. He remarried after his wife died. He is survived by his widow, children and step children.