Roughton, Merle

Merle Roughton enlisted into the Illinois National Guard in November, 1940. Following his initial training, he was sent to Panama and patrolled Panama Canal Zone until 1943, when he returned to the United States and was reassigned to the 14th Cavalry Regiment. His unit arrived in Europe in the fall of 1944, and eventually served with General Patton’s 3rd Army at the Battle of the Bulge.