In Memorium - Arlington National Cemetery

ROGERS, ISAAC SPERRY, JR., Private, # 34133797, USAAF

 

Isaac S. Rogers, Jr., was born 29 June 1920 in Yalobushe County, Mississippi, to Isaac Sperry Rogers (1885-1977) and Lena Mae (Clements) Rogers (1887-1968). Siblings included Linden M. Rogers (1909-    ), James R. Rogers (1911-1974), Claude L. Rogers (1914-    ), Mary L. Rogers (1916-    ), Benjamin Houston Rogers (1918-1995), Frances M. Rogers (1925-    ), John Wesley Rogers (1926-1997), and Helen L. Rogers (1929-2011). In 1930, his father worked for the U.S. Mail & Postage Service, and the family lived on Stephens St., Water Valley, Yalobusha, Mississippi.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Selby, Mississippi, on 4 October 1941, while living in Yalobusha, Mississippi. Trained as a B-25 engineer, he was responsible for the maintenance and function of the mechanics of the B-25. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

HEGMAN, WAYNE ELLSWORTH, Staff Sergeant, # 39939522, USAAF

 

Wayne E. Hegman was born on 9 March 1923 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, to Albin Frank Hegman (1894-1972) (Germany) and Minnie Hegman (1898-1990). Siblings included Dennis Walton Hegman (1921-2018), Mavis (Hegman) Thurber (1924-    ) and Dolores Hegman (1917-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft 27 June 1942, lived at 5640 Hilton St., Oakland, CA, and described himself as 5'11", 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He enlisted while living in Alamdea County, California, in the U.S. Army on 11 February 1943 in San Francisco, California. He was selected for service in the USAAF and trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio system (& interphone) of the B-25 Mitchell. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4229, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Kurmitola, India, on a low-level bombing mission over the Chewli Bridge, Burma. After its target run, it climbed and reached about 600 feet, it did a half roll to the left and spun in from there. It did about 1 ½ rolls and crashed into the middle of the river. It burned immediately. All of the crew died in the crash. The crew remains were unrecoverable. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. A memorial marker was placed in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.         Image next page.