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Charles Calvin Rogers



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  September 06, 1929 at Claremont, WV

Entered Service in the US Army from Institute, WV

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on November 01, 1968 at Fishook region, Vietnam

DIED:  September 21, 1990 at the age of 61

Lieutenant 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.



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