Lieutenant Colonel Henry Rogers, US Army, Retired celebrated his 100th birthday on October 16th. Rogers is a decorated vet of both WWII and the Korean War. As a result, the Texas resident received birthday wishes from the governor of his state as well as President Biden. As far as birthday wishes go, that’s pretty impressive. However, LTC Rogers lived an impressive life.
Before we get into the WWII vet’s history, let’s take a look at the note that he received from President Joe Biden. According to a photo shared by local news station KVUE, the president said it was an honor to wish Rogers a happy birthday. He went on to say “The selflessness of veterans like you who answered our Nation’s call in World War II and again in the Korean War defines the true character of the Greatest Generation. We remain forever indebted to you and all those who have worn the uniform and sacrificed beyond measure for our cherished freedoms.”
Biden concluded his letter to the WWII vet by adding, “Though birthday celebrations may look different during these difficult times, I hope you take pride in all you have accomplished throughout your life. On behalf of a grateful Nation, I send my best wishes to you on this special day.”
Now, Let’s Take a Brief Look at the WWII Vet’s Story
LTC Rogers was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1921. He survived the great depression and enlisted in the US Army in January of 1941. Three years later, the WWII vet earned the rank of First Lieutenant at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Months later, he married Betty Jane Warner. They had four children and were married for 63 years before her passing in 2006.
In WWII, the vet served in the South Pacific theater. Then, he fought in the Korean War. Additionally, he participated in the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940s. He retired from the US Army in 1963.
LTC Rogers continued to serve his country after his retirement. He learned computer programming and worked for the VA’s Data Processing Center in South Austin, Texas. He helped to process monthly benefits.
The WWII vet also paid college tuition for his four children as well as his wife. Their children all earned bachelor’s degrees and Mrs. Rogers earned a master’s degree.
Today, LTC Rogers resides at Pecan Ridge Memory Care in Austin, Texas. KVUE reports that he suffered a heart attack at the age of 67 which forced him to change his lifestyle. However, he is still “very coherent and aware of his surroundings,” 33 years later.
The news outlet also shared a photo of the 100-year-old WWII vet with their Twitter followers. Check it out below. LTC Rogers looks like he’s aged well and is in good spirits.