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ARNOLD LEE ROGGE

ARNOLD LEE ROGGE, MERIDEN, COMMENDED FOR HIS BRAVERY - "Manned Gun In Face of Bomb, Shrapnel Barrage".  Arnold Lee Rogge, gunner's mate third class, in the U.S. Navy, son of Nels Magnus Rogge, Meriden, has been commended by the chief of naval personnel for "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, " the navy public relations office at Omaha, NE, reported Saturday.  His commendations reads as follows:

A report of the experience reveals that your ship and the areas about here were subjected to a vicious attack by approximately 20 hostile planes.  In spite of the constant danger from falling bombs and shrapnel, the navy gun crew valiantly manned their battle stations and threw up such an accurate barrage of blazing shellfire that the enemy was driven off with the loss of five planes, some of which were undoubtedly sent to their destruction by your guns.  Your prompt and effective action prevented the sinking of your ship and contributed greatly to the successful completion of the convoy's mission.  Your courageous fighting spirit and the excellence of your performance on this occasion were in keeping with the best traditions of the United States Naval Service." 

 Source: Cherokee County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 15, Num 2, Feb 1980, Sec VI, Pg 9 - a reprint from Cherokee Daily Times - Feb 2, 1944

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