|Pvt. Rogers was part of the 10th Armored Division, as was this GI and Sherman tank.|
FDR could have been 100 years old today, Franklin D. Rogers that is.
He was born on March 17, 1917 in Kansas. His parents were both born in Iowa. His father was a farmer. Franklin had three older brothers and two older sisters.
When Franklin enlisted in the army on December 17, 1943 he reported he was working as a farm hand with a grammar school education. He became a private in Company A, 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division.
The 10th Armored Division landed in Europe in September 1944. The unit was involved in the reinforcement of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. On December 24, 1944 elements of the 61st AIB were advancing over open ground as they pushed the Germans back. They came under heavy rocket fire and suffered heavy casualties, including the team commander and, most likely, Pvt. Rogers.
|Pvt. Rogers unit was part of the defense of Bastogne shown on this map.|
His remains were returned to be buried at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Kansas.
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