|Nickname(s)||Doc Roe, Gene|
October 17, 1922|
Bayou Chene, Louisiana, United States
|Died||December 30, 1998
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Rank||Technician Fourth Grade|
|Unit|| Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
101st Airborne Division
Technician Fourth Grade Eugene Gilbert Roe, Sr. (October 17, 1922 – December 30, 1998) was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II.
Roe's life story was featured in the 2010 book A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us by Marcus Brotherton.
Eugene Roe was born in Bayou Chene, Louisiana to Ed Roe and Maud Verret. He was third of five children, and he quit school during his elementary years. He went to work at a young age. Due to floods and levees brought into Bayou Chene, the Roe family moved to Morgan City, Louisiana in the late 1930s.
Roe was one of Easy Company's medics. While stationed in Aldbourne, England, Roe met his first wife Vera. Their wedding was set for June 6, 1944, but had to be postponed because of D-Day, when Roe and the rest of the 101st made their first combat jumps into Normandy as part of Operation Overlord.
By the time Easy Company was taking Carentan, Roe was already a seasoned medic, able to patch and diagnose wounds in a methodical way. For instance, he was able to tell fellow Easy Company soldier Donald Malarkey that he had a Purple Heart wound without looking up from wrapping another soldier's wound.
Roe also took part in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. Allied supplies were low and Roe had to go from man to man to get more supplies. In the extreme cold weather, he had to tuck plasma bottles into his armpits to keep them from freezing.
Roe was with Easy Company for occupation duties in Germany and Austria. He was discharged on November 17, 1945, and arrived back in the United States eleven days later.
With the war over in Europe, Roe married Vera in July 1945 in England. They had a quiet quick wedding with a taxi driver as one of their witnesses, along with someone else they did not know. Roe's Easy Company comrades presented the couple a set of forks and knives from Hitler's Eagle's Nest as a wedding present. The forks and knives were later donated to the Louisiana World War II Museum's Hall of Honor at Baton Rouge.
Roe became a construction contractor post-war. He died of lung cancer on December 30, 1998 in Louisiana.
Band of Brothers and Renée Lemaire
While Roe was mentioned only three times in Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers, it was said that he was a very brave and heroic medic. Roe was mentioned in the biographies of other Easy Company veterans, for example, in Clancy Lyall's biography Silver Eagle and in Donald Malarkey's Easy Company Soldier.
Roe was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Shane Taylor. Episode six of the miniseries, entitled ""Bastogne", is told from his point of view. He was portrayed as a soft-spoken Cajun medic. In reality, Roe was much rougher and tougher, and did not have as strong a Cajun accent as portrayed in the miniseries. In that episode, Roe's grandmother was said to be a traiteur, but this is not true.
Also in "Bastogne", Roe was shown befriending a Belgian nurse called Renée (portrayed by Lucie Jeanne) in the aid station in Bastogne. While it was unclear if in reality Roe had met the nurse, a nurse called Renee Lemaire was indeed working in an aid station in Bastogne at the time. Lemaire volunteered her services at the battalion aid station on 21 December 1944. She helped in tending to over 150 seriously wounded patients per day without adequate rest or food, and offered great assistance. Lemaire was killed during the Christmas Eve bombardment when a bomb made a direct hit on the aid station. She was wrapped in a parachute and buried in Bastogne by the soldiers.
Medals and Decorations
|Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Good Conduct Medal|
|American Campaign Medal|
|European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 service stars and arrow device|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|Army of Occupation Medal|
|Croix de guerre with palm|
|French Liberation Medal|
|Belgian World War II Service Medal|
|Combat Medical Badge|
|Parachutist Badge with 2 jump stars|
- DeAngelis, Frank (2009). "T-5 Eugene Roe". frankdeangelis.com. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- Langlois, Chris (April 4, 2002). "Eugene Roe Discharge Papers". tircuit.com. Retrieved August 1, 2014. (Scroll about half way down the page)
- "Last Roll Call". 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009.
- "A Company of Heroes by Marcus Brotherton". Penguin Books USA. 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- "38265653 ROE, EUGENE G. (Enlistment Records)". National Archives and Records Administration. 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- Brotherton (2010), p.177.
- Brotherton (2010), p.178
- Malarkey (2009), Location 1380
- Brotherton (2010), p.180.
- Malarkey (2009), Location 2081
- Malarkey (2009), Location 2090
- Brotherton (2010), p.181.
- Brotherton (2010), p.184.
- Brotherton (2010), p.176.
- Brotherton (2010), p.179.
- Alexander (2011), p.234.
- Alexander, Larry (2011). In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth. NAL Trade. ISBN 0451233158.
- Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6.
- Brotherton, Marcus (2010). A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 978-0-425-23420-4.
- Malarkey, Don; Welch, Bob (2009). Easy Company Soldier, the Legendary Battles of a Sergeant From World War II's "Band of Brothers". St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-56323-3.
- Ooms, Ronald; Lyall, Clancy (2013). Silver Eagle: The Official Biography of 'Band of Brothers' Veteran Clancy Lyall. Pneuma Springs Publishing. ISBN 9781782282648.
- "Band Of Brothers : A site dedicated to Medic Eugene Roe". tircuit.com. 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- Eugene Roe at Find a Grave
- "Eugene 'Doc' Roe - Band of Brothers". dday-overlord.com. 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014.