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Roger “Cap” Rowland was born to Sleigh & Celia (Mellely) Rowland in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1895. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in engineering in 1917 and subsequently served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Service in World War I France. He was officially credited with three “kills,” but is said to have shot down as many as twelve German fighters. After the war he worked for several companies in Pittsburgh before coming to New Castle in 1929. Here he is pictured with a French biplane while serving with the 27th Aero Squadron with the U.S. Air Service. (1918) Full Size