Captain William “Buck” Rogers, a longtime resident of Coronado, and a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, passed away at 98 years old on October 21, 2022. William was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Rogers. Buck is survived by his children including his daughter Christine Bassett; two sons William, and Mark; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Buck, as he was known by most, was born March 5, 1924 in Chatham, Massachusetts to Helen Robertson and Henry Rogers. Following graduation from high school in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and was selected for the V-5 Aviation Cadet program and received his wings on January 26, 1944. The Navy honored William with two Distinguished Flying Cross awards for shooting down two enemy dive bombers headed for a Kamikaze attack on the U. S. fleet.
Buck left active services in 1946, but remained in the Naval Air Reserve to complete his BS in Business Administration at Suffolk University in Boston and Master’s degree from National University in San Diego. He returned to active duty in June 1952. He was assigned to VF-84 flying the F8F Bearcat and later transitioned to the F9F Panther. He served as commanding officer of VA-192, The World Famous Golden Dragons, flying the A4C off USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 31) over Vietnam. Later staff assignments included AirPac, Seventh Fleet, USS Midway (CV 41), and OpNav. Rogers retired on June 30, 1975, as a captain following command of San Diego’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at NAS North Island.
His family has organized a memorial service to honor Buck’s life and military service, which will be held on the flightdeck of the USS Midway Museum on December 7, 2022 at 11 a.m.
Please contact Mark Rogers at (619) 243-6297 for arrival information to the memorial. Buck’s final resting place will be next to his beloved wife Lou at the Miramar National Cemetery.
VOL. 112, NO. 48 - Nov. 30, 2022