Phillip Osborne Roesch loved repairing radios as a young man with Buzz Creel and he always remained curious about how they worked. Being the intelligent man that he was, Phil built upon his experience working in maintenance and repair of the electrical systems in the Oleander hotel that sat on the corner of Pineapple Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard.
All his past experience prepared him for the most interesting and challenging job of his lifetime. In 1951, at the age of 34, he obtained a position with RCA, a subcontractor for NASA, working at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In seeking out an explanation of what he did, Phillip replied as if it could be understood, "I calibrate the equipment used to calibrate the monitoring instruments that are used to record the missile telemetry and other in-flight information and support activities."
It was always a top secret when and what time military missiles were to be launched. NASA certainly didn't want the Russians knowing this information or anyone else that might have an interest.
|Base Where Phillip Worked|
|A very rare picture of Phil at work|
|One page out of three of his resume|