Edward J RogSpecialist Four
D CO, 4TH BN, 503RD INF RGT, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
12 May 1951 - 03 April 1971
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The database page for Edward J Rog
Ed and I grew up together and were the best of friends. Ed enlisted in the Army and went to school to become a Medic and a Paratrooper with the 173d Airborne Brigade. Here is the text of the letter from the Department of the Army, Headquarters 173d Airborne Brigade, APO San Francisco 96250.
This letter was dated 7 May 1971.
At 0730 hours on 3 April 1971, SP4 Rog's unit (Company D, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry) encountered an estimated company of dug-in NVA. Their point element sprung a "U"-shaped ambush, in which two claymore mines were detonated, followed up by machine gun and small arms fire. SP4 Rog responded to calls for aid, going forward to care for the wounded. He was wounded in the arm at this time. He bandaged his own wound and moved on to aid another wounded man. After helping the wounded man to safety, SP4 Rog returned to the ambush site, sustaining a second wound, again bandaging it himself. SP4 Rog was mortally wounded by enemy fire while crossing a large, open bomb crater on the way to aiding another wounded man.
From his friend,
Many times I've gone back to that valley
I was with him that day,
Someday we'll meet again and float on wings of silk...
From a fellow Sky Soldier,
A Note from The Virtual WallD Company, 4/503rd Infantry, lost six men in the fighting that took place on 03 April 1971:
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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