ROGERS, CHARLES EDWARD
Name: Charles Edward Rogers Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 1st Air Commando Squadron Date of Birth: 16 November 1928 Home City of Record: Gary IN Date of Loss: 04 May 1967 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 144358N 1064758E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E Refno: 0668 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1999. Information provided by a family member.
SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The A1 was first used by the Air Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam.
Maj. Charles E. Rogers was the pilot of an A1E which was on an ordnance delivery mission on May 4, 1967. When Rogers' aircraft was about 10 miles south of the city of Attopeu, it was struck by hostile fire causing it to crash and explode. Two days later, unspecified information was receive by the Department of the Air Force which led to a determination that Rogers died at the time of the incident.
Rogers is listed among the missing because his body was never recovered. He is among nearly 600 Americans who were lost in Laos during U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Although the Pathet Lao stated on several occasions they held "tens of tens" of American prisoners, Laos was not included in the agreements ending American involvement in the war, and the U.S. has not negotiated for the freedom of these men since that day. Consequently, not one American held in Laos has ever been released.
Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning missing Americans in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive. Are we doing enough to bring these men home?