Boggess, Charles Perry Jr. – 4th Armored Division

Born on January 7, 1912 in Catlin, Illinois.

Passed away on April 27, 1985.

Army Serial Number: 38093948

Son of Charles Perry Boggess (1884–1981) and Ethel Violet McNeer Boggess (1886–1974).

Attended Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois.

Married to Gay Lee Hilbert Boggess (1914–2008).

Lived in Harris, Texas since 1939.

Profession: Undertaker.

Entered service March 10/11, 1942 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Assigned to C Company, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division.

In command of C Company, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division on December 23, 1944 after the death of Captain Charles U. Trover (shot by a German sniper).

May 1, 1985
AUSTIN, TEXAS — “Charles Perry Boggess, 73, whose tank led American troops that broke the last major German offensive of World War II, in the Battle of the Bulge, died Saturday. Boggess, a first lieutenant, was in command of the first tank that broke through German lines in December 1944 and entered Bastogne, Belgium, to end the Nazi siege of the city. In December, the Belgian government invited Boggess to Bastogne for ceremonies in which a surviving pillbox was renamed Fort Boggess.”

Buried at the Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Photos via Ivan Steenkiste, Cédric Touchèque, Jim Baker, Erwin Verholen, Findagrave, Fort Benning.