RALPH C. RODGERS, LTJG, USN

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Lucky Bag

From the 1948-A Lucky Bag:

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Ralph Christian Rodgers

Paoli, Pennsylvania

"How did you get twenty for that last problem?" cried Ralph during every Math study hour. Untroubled by the usual complexities of Academy life, Rodge had difficulty convincing the Math Department that his quiet manner belied his mental alertness. His small stature did not hamper his athletic aspirations, and a rough battalion football game on Sunday afternoon, or a few sets of tennis were his specialties. Off to a slow start after leaving Penn State, but catching on fast, Rodge added to the yard's scenery with his weekend drags. Thoughtful, friendly, and with a will to work, Rodge will undoubtedly do as well in the future as he has in the past.

He graduated with the class of 1948-A, the last of the wartime-accelerated classes, in June 1947. (The bottom half of the class by academic standing, designated 1948-B, completed an extra year and graduated in June 1948.)

Loss

From Kane Republican (Kane, Pennsylvania) on December 8, 1950:

PENSACOLA, FLA. - A Navy board today investigated a crash in which two Navy fliers were killed Thursday when their planes collided and plunged into marshlands five miles south of here. The Pensacola naval air station identified them as Lt (Jg) Ralph C. Rodgers, 25, of Paoli, Pa., and Cadet Robert H. Howell, 20, of Absecon, N. J. A Naval air station spokesman said the collision took place during formation training flights from nearby Saufley Field.

The date of the accident was December 7, 1950. Ralph was born on January 26, 1925.


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