Charles Lafayette Rogers

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Ensign Charles Lafayette Rogers

5 September 1921 – 8 August 1943

Ranked third highest in his squadron's fighter training courses at the time of his death.

Personal History

Rogers was born to Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Rogers on 5 September 1921. He had one brother, Ova Leon Rogers, and three sisters, Ann, Billie Jo, and Betty Ruth Rogers. Rogers attended the University of Central Arkansas, called Arkansas State Teachers College at the time, from 1939 to 1940, and then attended University of Arkansas at Fayetteville until he enlisted in the service.

Rogers entered the United States Naval Air Forces at Corpus Christi, Texas in February 1942 and was sent to Louisiana and Pensacola, Florida to receive flight training.

Rogers died while completing his training in high-altitude flying on 8 August 1943. He was killed when his oxygen failed him during a training flight seven days before completion of the program.