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SSGT. HOWARD LEONARD ROGERS, JR.
Born on Mar. 19, 1942
From PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
Casualty was on Nov. 8, 1967
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE

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SSgt. Howard Rogers (left) and Ron Mecurieo

SSgt. Howard Rogers served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. He was Killed In Action during Operation ESSEX. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

Operation ESSEX

Sgt. Frank Clark, Sgt. Craig Sullivan, LCpl. Ron Merceurio, SSgt. Howard Rogers
Picture courtesy of Craig Sullivan

Remembering SSgt. Howard Rogers

SSgt. Howard Rogers and I met at the Mike Company Office when I first reported into the company in May of 1967. We both then reported to Captain McElroy in the bush. At the time the company was located in the Que Son Valley on Operation UNION II.

Rogers and I were both assigned to the First Platoon. He was assigned as the Platoon Sergeant and I was assigned as the Platoon Right Guide. 1stLt. Fretwell was the Platoon Commander at the time.

Howard Rogers was married and had six children, they were left residing in Jacksonville, NC while he was in Viet Nam. Rogers had to go home on an emergency leave and I then took over as the Platoon Sergeant.

Iím unclear as to when he came back to the platoon, but he was not on Operation SWIFT. He became a KIA on Operation ESSEX. Craig Sullivan

 

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