Jonathan Rogers (GC)

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Jonathan Rogers
Jonathan Rogers GC.jpg
Nickname(s) "Buck"[1]
Born 16 September 1920
Llangollen, Wales
Died 10 February 1964(1964-02-10) (aged 43)
Off the coast of New South Wales
Buried at Jervis Bay
Allegiance United Kingdom
Australia
Service/branch Royal Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1938–46
1950–64
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Battles/wars

Second World War

Korean War
Awards George Cross
Distinguished Service Medal

Jonathan Rogers, GC, DSM (16 September 1920 – 10 February 1964) was a Welsh-born sailor and an Australian recipient of the George Cross, awarded for the heroism he displayed on the night of 10 February 1964 during the sinking of HMAS Voyager.

Early life[edit]

Rogers was born in Llangollen, Wales, joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for the "coolness and leadership" he showed while serving as coxswain of Motor Torpedo Boat 698 in action in May 1944.[2] 'Buck' emigrated to Australia after the war and joined the Royal Australian Navy, serving in the Korean War.

George Cross[edit]

He was serving aboard the destroyer HMAS Voyager when, during exercises, it was struck and sliced in half by the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. Rogers, along with more than 50 other men, was trapped in the sinking forward part of the stricken destroyer.

Making no attempt to save himself, he helped as many men as possible escape through a small escape hatch and, as the compartment sank ten minutes later, was heard leading his trapped comrades in a prayer and hymn as they met their fate, as his citation said, with 'dignity and honour'.[1][3][4]

Honours and awards[edit]

Medal Group for Jonathan Rogers as displayed in Australian War Memorial

Ribbon for George Cross Ribbon for the DSM Ribbon for the 1939–1945 Star

Ribbon for the Atlantic Star Ribbon for the Italy Star Ribbon for the War Medal 1939–1945 Ribbon for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975

Ribbon for the Korea Medal Ribbon for the United Nations Korea Medal Ribbon for the Naval General Service Medal Ribbon for the Australian Service Medal 1945–1975

Ribbon for the Australian General Service Medal Korea Ribbon for the Australian Defence Medal Ribbon for the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Ribbon for the Australian Defence Medal

Ribbon Description Notes
Ribbon for George Cross George Cross (GC) gazetted 1965[3]
Ribbon for the DSM Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) gazetted 1944[2]
Ribbon for the 1939–1945 Star 1939–1945 Star
ribbon for the 1914–15 Star Atlantic Star with FRANCE AND GERMANY clasp
Ribbon for the BWM Italy Star
Ribbon for the War Medal 1939–1945 War Medal 1939–1945
Ribbon for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975 Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975 23 January 2014[5]
Ribbon for the Korea Medal Korea Medal
Ribbon for the United Nations Korea Medal United Nations Korea Medal
Ribbon for the Naval General Service Medal Naval General Service Medal 23 January 2014[5]
Ribbon for the Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 23 January 2014[5]
Ribbon for the Australian General Service Medal Korea Australian General Service Medal Korea 23 January 2014[5]
Ribbon for the Australian Defence Medal Australian Defence Medal 23 January 2014[5]
Ribbon for the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Ribbon for the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Pingat Jasa Malaysia (Malaysia) 23 January 2014[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fifty Australians – Buck Rogers". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "(Supplement) no. 36707". The London Gazette. 15 September 1944. p. 4334. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "no. 43604". The London Gazette. 19 March 1965. p. 2797. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Award of George Cross – Rogers". It's An Honour (Australian Government). Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "VADM Ray Griggs on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 

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