Rogers, Julian, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, 28th Infantry Division
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Private First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Bloomington

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 






 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment28th Infantry Division
  1943-1944, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 745, 28th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle of St. Lo
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Company G, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.


 In November 1944, the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was attacking east through the Hürtgen Forest in an attempt to capture the German towns of Vossenack and Schmidt. On Nov. 4, the Germans counterattacked in what would become one of the longest running battles in U.S. history, reported killed in action near Vossenack on Nov. 4.

PFC Rogers, of Bloomington, Indiana, known by his middle name Harold. He was a son of Julian H. and Mable Rogers. Julian attended Bloomington High School and in November of 1941, he married his high school sweetheart, Elsie. Their daughter Connie was born in December 1942, and Julian was drafted in February 1943. He stayed stateside for some time, and then went overseas in March 1944. In November 1944, as a member of the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, his unit was attacking east through the Hürtgen Forest in an attempt to capture the German towns of Vossenack and Schmidt. On November 4, the Germans counterattacked in what would become one of the longest running battles in U.S. history. Julian was reported killed in action near Vossenack on November 4. 

The tempo of the enemy fire seemed to continually increase until the morning of the 6th, F and G companies, after having received the direct fire deflected  flak guns and 88s, not to mention the artillery and mortar fire, for three consecutive days and nights, withdrew.  As a consequence of this, we built up a line on both sides of the CP.  The A & P Platoon defended the north side of the road, and the Communications Platoon defended the south side.  Considering the intensity of the shellfire, an enemy counterattack seemed inevitable.

Vossenack"
 "  . . . the 2nd battalion, 112th infantry, under Lt. Colonel Hatzfeld, had attacked with a company of tanks from Germeter to clear the Vossenack Ridge.  Assault guns from the Brandenberg-Bergstein Ridge knocked out several tanks, but the spinelike village of Vossenack was in hand by early afternoon.  As the tanks sought cover among the damaged buildings, the infantry began to dig in along the exposed northeastern nose of the ridge."  

The men of Company G had enough.  Panic-ridden, many of them suddenly grabbed wildly at their equipment and broke for the rear....  The disorderly retreat became a snowball, carrying with it any who chanced to be in its path.
 "The Company F commander, Lieutenant Kauffman, witnessed the retreat from his own command post in a building near the eastern edge of town and immediately realized it endangered the situation of his own unit....  Kauffman ordered his platoon leaders to withdraw their men to the line of buildings and there to hold.  The platoons began to withdraw in small groups, but there was no control.  The mushrooming effect of the retreat had spread too quickly, and the men could not be stopped when they reached the houses."  

'It was the saddest sight I have ever seen,' Lieutenant Condon of Company E reported later.  'Down the road from the east came men from F, G, and E Companies: pushing shoving, throwing away equipment, trying to outrace the artillery and each other, all in a frantic effort to escape.  They were all scared and excited.  Some were terror-stricken.  Some were helping the slightly wounded to run, and many of the badly-wounded, probably hit by artillery, were lying in the road where they fell, screaming for help.  It was a heart-breaking, demoralizing scene.' " 

Surviving soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, began their withdrawal shortly after dark.  Even that was not easy.  Corporal Joe Philpot, of G Company, told how on the way back, 'A lucky barrage fell on us and 1st Lieutenant Julian Ferrier and 1st Sergeant Dale Todd were hit.  Medics took care of them.  The rest of us continued on back for what seemed like three miles through heavy mud up to our knees.'  Finally they were picked up by trucks and driven to a rear kitchen area, where they ate and pitched tents."  

11/2 - 2nd Battalion seizes Vossenack ridge
11/3 - cross Kall River, taking Kommerscheidt and Schmidt
11/5 - German counterattack retakes Kall bridge; steady artillery fire on Vossenack weakening defenders
11/6 - 12th Infantry begins to relieve 28th; forced from end of Vossenack ridge
11/7 - enemy counterattack retakes forces withdrawal from Kall bridgehead, Kommerscheidt
11/10 - limited progress near Huertgen
11/14 - greatly weakened 28th begins moving to XIII Corps sector
11/19 - 8th Div completes relief of 28th in Vossenack/Schmidt
   
Comments/Citation
Awards: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, EAME, WWII Victory Medal.

MOS:
SN: RA35093703

Four years of High School.

Rogers will be buried in the spring in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C
   
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