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This web page is dedicated to Roger Arthur Carlson

 
 

82nd Abn Division insinia


        Roger Arthur Carlson was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois on December 21st 1924. He was inducted into Army service on February 17,1943 from Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Private Roger Carlson completed his 17 weeks of basic training at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. In June of 1943 Roger began training with the newly activated 488th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. He remained with the 488th A.A.A. Battalion for 14 months, until it was disbanded on August 5th 1944. Beginning in May of 1944, United States Army Ground Forces declared an end to many Army cadet and aviation programs due to a shortage of overseas replacements. This was likely the reason the 488th A.A.A. Battalion was disbanded.


The very next month on September 18th 1944,  Roger sailed on the troop ship RMS Mauretania for the U.S. Army's European Theatre of Operations in England. It was here in England that Roger likely volunteered to join the paratroops. After 2 weeks of jump school, Roger was assigned to the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, (505-PIR, 1HHC). He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was promoted to Private First Class on January 24,1945.

After the war ended, Roger stayed on to serve in Berlin, Germany with the 82nd Airborne Division as honor guard for the United States Army and America. He sailed home on the Queen Mary arriving in the port of New York City on January 3, 1945. He marched in the ticker tape parade in Manhattan and was honorably discharged on January 18,1946.

 


Private First Class Roger A. Carlson 1945.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 

 


 

Roger and Kenneth Carlson's WW-II shadow box.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 


 

Mi casa 1943, Private Roger A. Carlson's sleeping quarters.
Pvt. Roger A. Carlson 

 


 

Private First Class Roger A. Carlson returns home on the Queen Mary, January 3,1946.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson on the Queen Mary, 3 Jan.1946 

 


 

All three brothers home again, January 1946.
Corporal Kenneth Carlson, Private Burton Carlson and Private First Class Roger A. Carlson.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson on the Queen Mary, 3 Jan.1946 

 


 

Roger A. Carlson's Draft Registration Card, December 1942. Front side.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 
 Roger A. Carlson's Draft Registration Card, December 1942. Back side.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 


 

Carry me home. Roger (standing) and tent mate.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 


 

For 17 years, Roger was school superintendent for the Tekonsha School District in Michigan.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC


 
 

Private Roger Carlson is promoted to Private First Class,
January 24,1945.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC
 
 Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC

 


 

The Queen Mary arrives in New York harbor January 3,1946. The 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment proudly displays their banner "ALL MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED"
Their missions beginning with; Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Holland, Ardennes and Central Germany followed by Berlin as America's Honor Guard.
Pfc. Roger A. Carlson  1HHC



 

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