Hall of Fame

James P. “Saint” Roth, Class of 1941

Induction Class of 2000
Football

Roth was a running back on the 1939 team that went 7-2 overall losing only one conference game and finishing second in the state. He was named Captain of the 1940 team that went 5-4-1 but which ended Copiah Lincoln Junior College’s undefeated streak in the seventh game of the season. He was also one of the original member of the “S” Club. Roth had always wanted to fly and had earned his private pilot’s license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program at SJC.

Roth decided to forgo sports and further his education and entered the Army Aviation Cadet Program. He graduated from advanced flying school in 1942 and spent the next three years training B-24 crews at various locations in the U.S. When WWII ended Roth was a Captain but decided not to return to college although he had been offered a scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Roth went to work as a representative for a paint company and played semi-pro baseball during the summers. He also joined the National Guard and was called to active duty during the Korean War in 1951. Roth served a tour of duty in Japan and was trained as a radar navigator for the new B-47 jet bomber. He remained in maintenance and flew various support aircraft until retiring in 1967.

James Roth went on to work for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission until retiring in 1983.

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