From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Rogers '69

Date of birth: July 17, 1947

Date of death: September 27, 1973

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1969 Lucky Bag:

1969 Drum and Bugle Corps


From the March 1974 issue of Shipmate:

Capt. William Clifford Rogers, USMC, died on 27 September in Naples, Italy.

Capt. Rogers, born in Camp Lejeune, N.C. graduated from the Naval Academy in 1969. His first duty assignment after graduation was to the Marine Corps Basic Officer School in Quantico, Va. Upon completion of the Basic course he reported for Air Force flight training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Tex., where he was awarded his Air Force Wings. He then reported to Cherry Point, N.C., for Marine Aviation transition training and then for further training in the F-4 Phantom. At the time of the aircraft accident which caused his death he was attached to VMFA 251, but was serving temporary duty with VMFA 333.

He is survived by his widow, Sandra, 469 Dogwood Ave., Laurel Bay, SC 29902; and his parents, LCol. and Mrs. Harry J. Rogers, Jr.

He was a a 1965 graduate of Hughesville HS, Pennsylvania.

He is buried in Picture Rocks Cemetery, Pennsylvania.

From Howard Bacharach '69 on January 4, 2019:

Following graduation, Bill reported to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia with Class 2-70 in August 1969. Upon graduation from TBS in January 1970, Bill proceeded to Air Force flight school at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas, one of the Marine Corps jet training options at that time. Upon graduation from flight school in 1971, Bill reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251), Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, for transition to the F-4 Phantom II. In 1973 Bill reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333 (VMFA-333), Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina. He died along with his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in a landing accident on 27 September 1974 while deployed to Naples, Italy.

Memorial Hall Error

The funeral notice for William gives his rank as Captain, as does the Register of Alumni and the March 1974 issue of Shipmate. Memorial Hall has 1LT.

Class of 1969

William is one of 17 members of the Class of 1969 on Virtual Memorial Hall.