U.S. Army 1941–1946


Charles Rogers joined the U.S. Army in December 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He trained as an artillery officer and was assigned to the 44th Infantry Division, 7th Army, in France, Germany and Austria. As a “grasshopper pilot” he flew, with an observer, a Piper Cub into enemy territory to report on troop movements, location of armaments, etc. Rogers flew about 120 missions, under near-constant enemy attack. His medals and commendations include the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
This interview was recorded at the International Museum of World War II-Boston.


A grasshopper pilot plane


Charles Rogers – medal


Charles Rogers – dog tag and badge


Charles Rogers and “angel”


Charles Rogers and some of his favorite comic strip characters


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