Saturday, July 22, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Captain Samuel Ogden, 82nd Airborne Division

Captain Samuel Ogden commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 325th Infantry Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge.
Samuel Lapsley Ogden never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on July 22, 1917 in Tennessee. His father was also born in Tennessee while his mother was born in Alabama. His father worked as a school teacher and later as an agronomist. Samuel had a younger sister and a younger brother. By 1940 Samuel had completed four years of college at the University of Tennessee and was a reserve army officer living in New York.

He accepted a commission in the regular army on March 16, 1940. He was probably an officer in the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Infantry Division while it was still stateside. At some point he joined the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. He ended up as a captain in command of the 3rd Battalion in the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.

Captain Ogden fought in Salerno, Normandy, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge.

The 82nd was rushed to Werbomont, Belgium on December 18, 2017 to halt the German breakthrough during the Battle of the Bulge. It successfully held it's position again repeated attacks from two German divisions. By early January, the 82nd was retaking lost ground. On January 2, 1945 the 325th came under intense artillery fire. Captain Ogden died the next day near Fontainebleu, Belgium.

His grave is at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Thank you Samuel for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Samuel.

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