Rogers, Benny Don, T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Light Weapons Infantry Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
Service Years
1947 - 1950

Technical Sergeant

One Service Stripe

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Athens, Texas
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Willow Cemetery - Haskell, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2004, Korean War Fallen6

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  1950-1950, 1745, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1950-1950, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. 1st Class Benny D. Rogers, U.S Army, I Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, was lost on Nov. 2, 1950, during a battle south of Unsan, North Korea. His remains were identified on Sep. 26, 2011.
MIA Korean War Soldier’s Remains Laid To Rest
Staff Writer

ATHENS – A “good son” is home in East Texas again, more than 60 years after he was reporting missing in action from the Korean War battlefield.

The remains of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Benny Don Rogers were laid to rest Saturday amid a sea of flag-waving veterans, supporters and family members, some of whom recalled his mother’s anguish over the unknown whereabouts of her “good son.”

The leaf-strewn path leading to the Willow Springs Cemetery was lined with yellow ribbons and East Texas Patriot Guard Riders on motorcycles.

Rogers’ remains were escorted from Willow Springs Baptist Church by a special honor guard, who loaded his flag-draped casket onto a horse-drawn carriage for the final leg of his long journey home.
The occasion seemed to provide closure to a family’s lifetime of wondering.

“We don’t know all that happened because not that many survived,” Army Chaplin (Maj) Thomas Holmes said. “They fought to the last man, to the last few.”

The men were terribly outnumbered by the enemy, about 100 to 1, but they never gave up, Holmes said.

The Army honored their heroism by awarding each member of the unit a Distinguished Service Cross, officials said.

Rogers was born in 1930 to Charles and Katie Rogers and grew up on a small farm outside Athens, along with two siblings, brother, Gerald Jack Rogers, and sister, June Rogers Wherley — all of whom passed away during his absence.

Rogers joined the Army in 1947 and by 1950, he was on his way to Korea with his unit, the I Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment.

His last letter to his family was dated Oct. 30, 1950, said nephew Benny Don Wherley.

In it, Rogers tells his parents he’s been recently promoted to staff sergeant, and he’s sitting in a “fresh dug” hole, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

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