My 97-year old grandfather receives his WWII medals
Posted: Aug 14, 2014 5:03 PM PDT, By Alyssa Meyer, Multimedia Journalist
ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) –
An Adams County World War II veteran is about to be reunited with some of his prized possessions.
Roger Roberts of Adams remembers D-Day like it was yesterday.
“We got up in the morning and there were two big destroyers on each side because they spotted a submarine,” said Roberts.
Even at 97 years young.
“We laid on the ground and didn’t stand up until the next morning, and then we went from there until Omaha Beach, and then we went in about three miles inland and we set up camp,” said Roberts.
He was a cook in the battlefield for 182 soldiers. Roberts received six medals for his service in the war, but through the years those medals were lost.
“Seventy years in hope chests, trinket boxes and things just get shuffled and moved around,” said Ken Roberts, Roger’s son.
But a glimmer of hope came when the state’s veteran’s association said Roberts’ medals could be remade and reissued. That’s when Roberts’ son Ken went to work.
“I just followed through and did all the paperwork, hundreds of phone calls emails and mailings,” said Ken Roberts.
It took nearly a year, but they finally got them. Roberts’ says his family now considers him a hero.
“We never thought about it years when we were younger but now definitely,” said Ken Roberts.
Roger doesn’t agree.
“No, I just did my job,” said Roger Roberts. “Did the best I could.”
Roberts will be presented officially with his medals by the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. They will be given out on Sunday.
Congratulations, Grandpa, on a job well done.
From the post: Ancestral Call:
My grandfather, Roger Roberts, grew up in Monroe Center. World War II started when he was in his early twenties, so he enlisted in the US Army Airborne. My grandfather became a Sergeant in the Army and ran the kitchen cooking for over 180 men each day. His most harrowing experience was during the Battle of the Bulge when his 101st Airborne unit was overrun in Luxembourg by German Panzers sixty-eight years ago this week. He survived, thankfully, or I wouldn’t be here to tell the story.
Roger returned home in 1946 after two years abroad. He married Edna Paulson, my grandmother, and they had three children, Larry (my father), Judy, and Kenny. He worked with his two brothers in their local salvage business for most of his working life. He’s 97 years old and still doing well.