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May 18, 2022

12/17/2021 5:29:00 AM
Roger Bain

Roger Bain, 96, died Sept. 17, 2021. Roger served in the Army 1943-1946 during World War II as a combat infantry sergeant with Company 1, 120 Regiment, 30th Division in Europe, nicknamed "Old Hickory", the workhorse of the western front. Roger earned the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Cluster. The 30th Infantry Division was the first American invasion to enter Belgium and the Netherlands. They were involved in the capture of Aachen, the first major German city to fall to the Allies, in October 1944. By December, Roger found himself in the vicinity of Malmedy, Belgium. His time as a teenager, where he dealt with below zero temperatures in Wisconsin, helped keep his extremities warm during the Battle of the Bulge. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the cold-blooded nature of the Malmedy Massacre, an atrocity in which he was in close proximity in both time and distance.

Roger was first wounded Jan. 13, 1945. While he recovered in a hospital in Liego, his unit continued to battle the enemy for two days. Casualties arrived, they informed him his entire company had been "wiped out." The platoon guide was the only one not to be wounded. While he was away the division had crossed the Rhine River and headed eastward into Germany. When he returned to his unit, he barely knew anyone. Roger would be wounded again but just dismissed it. He had memories of witnessing the survivors of the Holocaust, reuniting with his parents and how he met his wife, Grace.

Roger was an electrician and worked in the area. Roger and his wife, Grace, enjoyed a long and loving life together. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, family and friends.

Roger is survived by his son Gary (Sue) living in Idaho, his daughter Christine and daughter-in-law Darlene. He leaves behind seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife Grace, his son Ray, his parents Raymond and Ethel Bain, his sister June (Jim) Landing and his son-in-law Mike.

There are plans for Roger and Grace to have a memorial service at the Veterans Cemetery, Boulder City, Nev.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2022
Article comment by: Sean Sepulveda

I live here in Las Vegas, NV and Iíve known Roger threw his grandsons (being my life long friends). That man is hands down the best man Iíve ever known.
Iím a huge WW2 history fan and I would ask him all kinds of questions about the war and he would always be extremely humble about it and give me very one worded answers. I truly will miss him and will always have a spot in my heart for him and what he did for us all Americans.

Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Article comment by: Susan Lammert

This was one of the most moving life stories I've ever read. I decided to study the places and events you'd mentioned, and I was in tears by the time I finished.
God bless you for your service, Roger.
What a lovely couple as well.
Susan Lammert

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