Rogers, Thomas F.

Thomas F Rogers was born on 28 December 1922 in Lexington, Kentucky. He entered the US Army from Fort Thomas, Kentucky in February 1943 and took his basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was chosen to study civial engineering at the University of Georgia in Athens under the Army Specialized Training Program.  The standard A.S.T.P. Work week was 59 hours of "supervised activity," including a minimum of 24 hours of classroom and lab work, 24 hours of required study, 5 hours of military instruction, and 6 hours of physical instruction. After twelve months of university courses, he was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia and assigned to the 10th Armored Division. The division sailed for overseas assignment on 13 September 1944. Debarking at Cherbourg, France, the 10th was assigned to General Patton's 3rd Army. Sergeant Rogers, serving in Company A, 54th Armored Infantry Battalion, fought in major battles on the Siegfried Lines, the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle for Crailsheim. On 10 April 1945, near Ilshofen, Germany, Staff Sergeant Roger's patrol was suddenly subjected to machinegun fire. SSG Rogers, braving fierce hostile fire, directed his men to safety and then crawled to within 40 yards of the enemy machinegun position, neutralizing it with a hand grenade. His gallantry in action earned him the nation's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal. SSG Rogers was medevac'ed to a Field Hospital for his wounds from this action and then flown to England for further treatment. After 15 months of surgeries and treatments in England and at Wakeman General Hospital in Indiana, SSG Rogers returned to his home in northern Kentucky in July 1946. Tom and his family moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1964 as an employee of the Army Audit which later became the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Tom retired from DCAA in 1985 after having completed 33 years of government service. Thomas F Rogers died on 8 February 2012 and buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Huntsville.