Saturday, July 30, 2016

PFC Charles Kogan

PFC Charles Kogan was born in 1911 in Grdno, Poland.  His mother was named Florence and both parents were natives of Poland as was his younger brother, Aaron. Charles Kogan was working at the Broadway Fruit Shop in Detroit when he entered the service. He was a graduate of a technical school in Grodno, Poland where he displayed special talents in mechanics and desired to become an engineer.

After entering the service, Charles was sent to Europe and transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 19 Jun 1944.  PVT Kogan was promoted to PFC on 24 Jul 1944.   PFC Kogan was killed in action on 30 Jul 1944.

PFC Kogan was repatriated and was re-interred in Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale, Michigan.

A 2LT navigator and radar operator on a B-24 in the US Army Air Corps, Charles' brother Aaron had served 3 years. Although he had met his quota, he volunteered for a flight over Germany in March 1945 during which he was killed at the age of 25. His body was not recovered. His name is on the tablets of the missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

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