Grave marker for Robert F. Magers in Plot B, 323 of the
Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield (Sangamon county), Illinois.
Robert enlisted at in the Army at Ft Thomas, Newport, KY
on 23 October 1942. As a volunteer parachutist he was transferred
to the 508th PIR which had been activated just three days earlier at
Camp Blanding, Florida. Upon arrival he was assigned to the
Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion.
Pvt Magers was promoted to T5 on 17 July 1943 and
later became a Corporal. On 29 June 1944 he was promoted to T4.
T4 Magers was seriously wounded in action on 4 July
1944 and evacuated to a field hospital followed by a move to a general
hospital in Scotland.
It was not until 20 October 1944, more than three
being wounded, that he was transported to the U.S. T4 Magers was
listed on the manifest for an Air Transport Command flight from
Prestwick, Scotland to New York City with a refueling stop in