Lester Allen Rogers

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
23 February 1936 - 28 February 1966
Kansas City, Missouri
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Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


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20 May 2002

I still think about you all the time. We never met, but I have your blood flowing through my veins and every day my heart beats for you. I miss you and I love you. I'll see you soon.

Love from your StinaBug

I would like to hear from anyone who knew my grandfather.

11 Nov 2002

My father was a special man and an outstanding soldier. We are proud of him and his contributions to the United States and the war. My mother loved and missed him until she passed. Thanks for the time we had.

Lester A. Rogers II
MSgt USMC (Ret)

16 Feb 2003

You are always in my thoughts. I am so proud of you both as a father and a soldier. I will always love you.

Love, Norma

From his daughter,
Norma Sue (Rogers) Hersh

20 Feb 2003

To my role model and Daddy, thank you.

We may have grown up without you, but not a day went by that your courage and bravery did not influence the persons we were to become. I pray every day that I can instill those qualities in your grandchildren.

Until we see each other again, in heaven...

your daughter,
Teresa Jean Rogers Jones
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

1LT Lester Rogers had prior enlisted service, receiving his commission with Officer Candidate School Class 7-63 at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived in Vietnam on 01 Dec 1965, assigned to duties with MACV Advisory Team 39 in Ninh Thuan Province.

Four American advisors were killed in two separate actions on 28 Feb 1966.

Two were from Advisory Team 39 and were killed in an ambush south of Phan Rang:

  • 1LT Lester A. Rogers, Kansas City, MO (Silver Star), and
  • SSG Curtis J. McGee, Richmond, VA.

The other two men were further south in Binh Thuy Province with Advisory Team 87. They were with the 1st Battalion, 43d Infantry Regiment (ARVN) when it was attacked by a reinforced VC battalion at Vo Xu. The two Americans - the battalion advisor and the weapons advisor - were killed in the initial assault:

  • CPT Clark N. Woodworth, Ann Arbor, MI (Silver Star), and
  • SSG Albert C. Roberts, Lawton, OK.

Lester Allen Rogers,
First Lieutenant, Army of the United States,
was buried on 11 March 1966, Plot B-2361E,
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery,
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
among other men of courage and integrity.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
Lester A. Rogers II
MSgt USMC (Ret)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 May 2002
Last updated 03/13/2007