Major General Maurice Rose, the son and grandson of rabbis and born in Middletown on November 26, 1899, was the commander of the Third Armored “Spearhead” Division during World War II. On March 29, 1945 he led his troops on a 101 mile march in Germany. It was the longest one-day armored advance through enemy territory in the history of warfare. He was killed the next day by a German tank commander. The Army Reserve Center in Middletown bears his name as does the local chapter of Jewish War Veterans. On January 5, 2016 the state of Connecticut honored Rose by naming the Route 9 bridge over Union Street after him.