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Roger Dobbins

 

Date and Place of Birth: May 26, 1918 Marinette, WI
Date and Place of Death:    January 1, 1943 Pacific
Baseball Experience: Semi-Pro
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Private
Military Unit: Company A, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

Roger W. Dobbins was born in Marinette, Wisconsin in 1918, and attended Marinette High School. He was a well-known semi-professional player in the local area and struck out nine consecutive batters on 28 pitches for the Marinette team in 1939.

Dobbins entered military service in 1941, and served with the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, in the Pacific. Private Dobbins was killed in action during the Battle of Buna-Gona at Papua, New Guinea, on January 1, 1943.

In 1949, his remains were returned to the United States and now rest at Forest Home cemetery in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Roger Dobbins Twin City AMVETS Post 6 was named in his honor after the war.

Roger Dobbins

Roger Dobbins (middle row, fifth from left) with the 1935 Marinette High School basketball team

Thanks to Astrid van Erp for help with photos and information for this biography.

Date Added June 4, 2012. Updated August 4, 2017

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