THOMAS S ROGERS

THOMAS S ROGERS - WO

  • HOMETOWN:
  • penns grove
  • COUNTY:
  • Salem
  • DATE OF BIRTH:
  • September 03, 1945
  • DATE OF CASUALTY:
  • July 14, 1970
  • BRANCH OF SERVICE:
  • Army
  • RANK:
  • WO
  • STATUS:
  • KIA
  • COUNTRY:
  • South Vietnam

Biography


Thomas S. Rogers was born on September 3, 1945.  His home of record is Penns Grove, NJ.

He served in the US Army and attained the rank of Warrant Officer (WO).  He was a member of the 1st Aviation Brigade, 10th Combat Aviation Battalion, 48th Assault Helicopter Company.

On July 8, 1970, Rogers was on a rescue and recovery mission in Laos when his UH-1C "Huey" helicopter took a hit to the cockpit.  The aircraft continued to fly and accomplished its mission.  Then the aircraft lost its tail rotor, rotated, inverted, and hit the side of a mountain.  All aboard survived the crash.  Rogers died several days later in the hospital on July 14, 1970.

Thomas' name appears on the Penns Grove High School Vietnam War Memorial, dedicated in September 2010, which stands near Penns Grove Middle School.

Sources: Various websites, Michael Devonshire and NJVVMF.

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