February 10 – Happy Birthday John (Rogozinski) Rogers


rogersj222Official Pentagon figures place the number of US   soldiers who served in WWII at 16,112,566. Of   these, 671,846 were wounded. There were   405,399 deaths. Of these, 291,557 were killed in   action. Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant   was one of the 113,842 US soldiers whose deaths   during WWII were not caused by injuries suffered   while in combat. Nothing underscores the true   horror of war more emphatically than the fact   that almost thirty percent of US WWII deaths   were non-combat related. According to an   article I found in an old Amsterdam Recorder, Corporal John (Rogozinski) Rogers apparently spent several long months in a US Army hospital in England unsuccessfully trying to recover from an undisclosed illness that would end up taking his life on May 22, 1945, two full weeks after the War in Europe was officially over. Rogers was working…

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and John Roger’s complete story will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

This Civil War veteran, former Amsterdam Mayor and legendary downtown merchant shares Corporal Rogers February 10 birthday.

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