From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Rogers, Jr. '48

Date of birth: June 26, 1926

Date of death: January 10, 1949

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:

1948-B 19th Company


From The Townsman, Wellesley, Mass., on January 20, 1949:

Ens. William Rogers, Former Of Wellesley, Killed In Plane Crash

Ensign William Alexander Rogers, Jr., USN, 22, son of Dr. and Mrs. William A. Rogers, former of Bradford road, Wellesley Hills, was one of two students at the Naval air training school at Pensacola, Florida, who were killed on January 17 when their plane went into a spin and crashed while they were attempting to land at Holly Field near the training station.

His companion was Ensign Guy Francis Lewis of Highland Falls, NY, an instructor. Officers aid it was the first fatal crash at the school since March of last year; students have flown 215,000 hours since that time.

Ensign Rogers, who was born in Boston (where his father still has offices on Commonwealth avenue), attended the Brown School in Wellesley Hill, also Newton Country Day School, Browne and Nichols school and the Severn School in Maryland.

He was graduated from Annapolis last June and was married last month in Kentucky.

Besides his bride of three weeks, and his parents, Ensign Rogers is survived by a brother, Forbes, a student at the Emerson School in Exeter, and a sister, Helen, who is married and living in Lincoln.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1948

William is one of 48 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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