1Lt Ben Waller Rogers, Jr

1Lt Ben Waller Rogers, Jr

Birth
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, USA
Death 14 Nov 1944 (aged 23)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 32 Grave 6
Memorial ID 56375182 · View Source
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Ben served as a First Lieutenant, 442nd Infantry Regiment, during World War II.

He resided in Garland County, Arkansas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 13, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

Ben was "Killed In Action" in the Vosges Mountain-St Die Campaign, France during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-528267

( Bio & Family Link by: Russ Pickett )

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Special thands to " Dwight "Andy" Anderson " for the additional below info concerning this mission:

On Augnst 26, 1944 in the vicinity of St. Vallier, 2nd Lt. Ben Rogers of the 4th platoon led a patrol to a house and captured 6 Germans which were turned over to the I" Airborne Task Force.

Before being relieved, the Anti Tank Company in support of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment were maintaining road blocks in the vicinity of Peira Cava, l'Escarene and bivouacked north of Nice.

The Anti-Tank Co. rejoined the Combat Team on October 27th in Bruyeres, France after a 570 mile 3 day motor convoy from the vicinity of 'Escareben, Southern France.

The 100th/442nd was now attached to the 36 Infantry division of the Seventh Army in the Vosges forest in eastern France. They faced the Germans who were fighting with super human effort with their backs against the German border. The Nisei Combat Team then liberated the French town of Bruyeres in the Vosges forest on October 18, 1944.

The Nisei outfit was then called upon to rescue the "Lost Battalion," the 1st Battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division as they suffered decimating casualties in the wintry cold rain and snow.

Following the 442nd RCT rescue of the "Lost Battalion", despite their huge casualties, they were called upon to further aid the also under manned 36th Division to push through to St. Die.

The 442nd RCT with their Anti-Tank Company and the 522nd Field Artillery dueled the Germans self propelled gun and artillery.

1st Lt. Ben W. Rogers, Jr. was awarded the Bronze Star Arrowhead, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. The Bronze Star Arrowhead designates participation in a combat glider landing.

1st Lt. Ben W. Rogers Jr. was killed in action in the Vosges Mountain-St Die Campaign on November 14, 1944.

Franz Steidl in his book LOST BATTALION notes on November 14, 1944; a German self-propelled 88 scored a hit on the 3rd Battalion Command Post killing lt Lt Ben W. Rogers, Jr. and wounding Dave Kawagoye, Masao Hayakawa and Masao Aizawa , jusr a couple days before the 36th Division commander General Dahlquist detaches the decimated 442"d RCT. 1st Ben W. Rogers, Jr. is remembered by Anti Tanker Hany Yoshimura as a cowboy from Little Rock, Arkansas.


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56375182
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Ben Waller Rogers, Jr (4 Jun 1921–14 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56375182, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .