Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
September 06, 1929 at Claremont, WV
Entered Service in the US
Army from Institute, WV
21, 1990 at the age of 61
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
November 01, 1968 at Fishook region, Vietnam
Colonel Rogers fire support base was subjected to a concentrated
bombardment while being hit by a human wave ground assault, led
by sappers who penetrated the perimeter. LTC Rogers aggressively
rallied his artillery crewmen to man their howitzers and
directed their fire on the assaulting enemy. Knocked to the
ground and wounded by an exploding round, he sprang to his feet
and led a counterattack against an enemy element that had
penetrated the howitzer positions. Painfully wounded a second
time during the assault, he pressed the attack killing several
enemy and driving the remainder from the positions. Refusing
medical treatment, he reestablished and reinforced the defensive
positions. As a second human wave attack was launched against
another sector of the perimeter, he directed artillery on the
assaulting enemy and led a second counterattack against the
charging forces. At dawn the enemy launched a third assault.
Seeing a howitzer inoperative due to casualties, LTC Rogers
joined surviving members of the crew to return it to action.
When too severely wounded to physically lead the defenders, he
continued to give encouragement and direction to his men in
defeating and repelling of the enemy attack.