Gordon Byrom Rogers
|Gordon Byrom Rogers|
Rogers as a West Point Cadet. From the 1924 USMA Yearbook.
August 22, 1901|
|Died||July 3, 1967
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1924-1961|
|Commands held||3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Cavalry Regiment
1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
5th Cavalry Regiment
United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea
3rd Armored Division
Southern Area Command, West Germany
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Combat Infantryman's Badge
|Relations||Brigadier General Gordon B. Rogers, Jr. (son)|
|Other work||Director, NATO Mutual Weapons Development Team|
Gordon Byrom Rogers (August 22, 1901 – July 3, 1967) was a United States Army Lieutenant General who served in several command positions during World War II and the Korean War, including the United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea and the 3rd Armored Division.
Rogers was born in Manchester, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee for a year, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1924, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Cavalry.
Start of military career
During the 1930s Rogers served with the 10th and 2nd Cavalry Regiments.
In 1939 he graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College. He was then assigned to the 6th Cavalry at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he commanded a cavalry troop and then a cavalry squadron.
World War II
In February 1942 he joined the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and soon advanced to regimental commander. He was the final commander of the regiment as a horse cavalry formation, and in the summer of 1942 it fielded tanks and was reorganized as the 3rd Armored Regiment.
In July, 1942, Rogers was named deputy chief of staff for intelligence, G-2 at I Corps during training and mobilization in South Carolina, remaining with the Corps during its move to Australia and subsequent combat in the Pacific Ocean Theater.
Post World War II
Beginning in September, 1946 Rogers took part in the post-war occupation of Japan as commander of the 12th Cavalry Regiment (part of 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division), and the 5th Cavalry Regiment.
After briefly serving as deputy commander, in May, 1953 Rogers was named commander of the United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea, where he served until October, 1953. In this assignment Rogers was responsible for providing training and logistics support to the Republic of Korea Army.
Post Korean War
Following that assignment he was appointed commanding general of the 3rd Armored Division based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his command the division was reorganized from a training unit to a deployable one and plans were made to relocate it to West Germany.
Following his division command Rogers served in Munich, West Germany as commander of the Southern Area Command and deputy commander of the Seventh Army. In 1958 he became commander of VII Corps.
From 1959 until his 1961 retirement Rogers was deputy commander of the Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. In this position he chaired the Army Aircraft Requirements Review Board (or Rogers Board), which made recommendations contained in the Army's long term Aircraft Development Plan, as well as recommendations for the creation of air assault units.
Awards and decorations
General Rogers' awards included: the Distinguished Service Cross (two awards); Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star (two awards); Legion of Merit (three awards); Purple Heart; Bronze Star Medal (two awards); and Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Retirement and death
In 1934 Rogers married Mary Louise Watson (1910–1963) in Washington, DC. One of their children, Gordon Byrom Rogers, Jr. (born October 21, 1934) graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1957. The younger Rogers was a career Army officer who served in the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Brigadier General.
In his memoir David Hackworth cites Rogers as an example of Korean War senior officers who received undeserved awards for valor. According to Hackworth, Rogers received the Silver Star for nothing more than spending a short time at a forward command post while serving as assistant division commander of the 40th Infantry Division. Hackworth indicated that his perception of this incident led him to decide that the military's awards process had become devalued, and that senior officers should almost never be recommended for valor medals.
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