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