Samuel Polis, 87, Of Wilton, WWII & Korean War Vet., Worked For OLIN

WILTON, Conn. - Samuel Polis of Wilton died June 6. He was 87.

Polis was born Feb. 15, 1926, and was educated at Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He was a native of Philadelphia. He also received an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He was a resident of Wilton since 1974, and was a member of the American Legion. 

Polis served in both World War II and the Korean War.  In World War II, he received The Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in ground operations Jan. 5, 1945 in the European Theater of Operations. He served as a machine gunner with the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow Division”.  In the Korean Conflict, he served as a captain and commanded the Combat Engineer Company of the 7th Infantry “Hourglass” Division of the U.S. Army.  He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy in Korea, March 17 to June 30, 1952.

Polis was a patent-holding chemical engineer who worked for 23 years at OLIN in New Haven and took early retirement in 1983. He then was employed by Crain Industries in Compton, Calif. as Western Region technical director until 1987 when he suffered a stroke and had to retire at age 61.

Polis is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Diane Polis (William R.) Stewart; six grandchildren; and brother, Jerry E. Polis of Henderson, Nevada.

A memorial service will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at the Collins Funeral Home, East Ave., Norwalk. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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