Seaman 1st Class Marvel Dean Rogers

SM Rogers

World War II

US Navy
U.S.S. Boise (CL-47)
Service number: 03721927
Born: September 12, 1922
Inducted: 1940
Died: October 12, 1942 Solomon Islands
Memorial marker - Otis Cemetery
Memorial tablet - Manila American Cemetery

Purple Heart

Son of Steve and Anna Louise Rogers of Westminster (previously DeNova).

MD Rogers Memorial Marker

Manila American Cemetery
Tablets of the Missing
Rogers, Marvel Dean
Photo by ABMC Manila AC Staff

November 12, 1942 - Akron News-Reporter

Former County Boy Killed in Action

Mrs. Ann Hawkinson Rogers received word last Thursday at her home near Westminster that their son Marvel had been killed in action.

Marvel enlisted in the Navy about a year ago and was presumably somewhere in the Pacific when he met his death.

No particulars were received and it is not known whether his ship was under fire or not.

Marvel was about 19 years old and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rogers. He was born near DeNova but resided near Westminster when he enlisted.

Marvel was the nephew of F.W. Hawkinson of Akron and also a nephew of Lawrence Rogers of Akron.

He is survived by his father, mother and one brother.

A memorial service was held in the church at Westminster last Sunday and flowers were presented to the grief stricken mothers whose boys were killed in action.

November 27, 1942 - Denver Post

Broomfield Youth is Slain; Denverite is Wounded

The disclosure that a Colorado sailor was killed in the heroic action of the cruiser U.S.S. Boise in the Solomons area last month tempered the joy of parents of other crew members Saturday over an announcement that their sons soon will be home on leave.

Marvel D. Rogers, 20, son of Mrs. Anna L. Rogers of Broomfield, was the sailor who lost his life, presumably on Oct. 11 or 12 when the Boise sank six enemy warships in less than half an hour.

The navy department notified Mrs. Rogers of the death in a telegram but did not disclose the date or the manner in which the sailor died.

Young Rogers, who had been in the navy two years and was a gunner last visited home last spring. He as born at DeNova in Washington county and attended school in Missouri and at Westminster, Colo.

Father is Patient in Veteran's Hospital

His father, Stephen E. Rogers, a world war veteran, is a patient at the veteran's hospital at Hot Springs, So. Dak. Other survivors are a brother, Virgil Rogers of Westminster, and three uncles, Carl Hawkinson of Westminster, S.W. Hawkinson of Akron and Lawrence Rogers of Otis.

The list of men from Colorado who served on board the Boise continued to grow Saturday. The vessel docked at the Philadelphia navy yard Thursday for repairs of damaged caused in the battle.

Return of the cruiser, disclosed that Thomas H. Spillman, 20, seaman second class and the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Spillman of West Bayaud Avenue, was a member of the crew.

Battle Did Not Last Long

"The battle didn't last long enough," Spillman told his mother in a telephone conversation from Philadelphia at 4 a.m. Saturday. He said he came thru the engagement unscratched and he hoped to be home soon.

He enlisted in the navy here April 11, 1941, after leaving South high school, where he was a guard on the 1941 football team.

Harry Floyd Thibault, 31, the oldest crew member who is know to everyone on the ship as "Pops," telephoned his wife, Mrs. Phyllis Thibault of York street, that he was safe and sound. He was a floral designer before he enlisted last March 17.

Burton Leisenring, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leisenring of St. Paul street, told his parents by telephone, "We did a good job and we'll do it again if we have the chance." He was uncertain whether he would be given leave.

Boise Brought Solomons Survivor

The Boise also brought home a survivor of an American destroyer which was sunk in the Solomons sea battle.

This man was Gerald McCleary, 20, seaman first class and son of Mrs. T.G. Creagh of South High street. Altho wounded in the arm, ribs and foot in the engagement, he told his mother he is recovering and hopes to arrive within a few days on a thirty-day furlough.

He said he remained in the water about twelve hours in constant danger of being attacked by sharks, before being rescued.


1. Denver Post clipping provided by Terry Lasky.

2. Official Chronology of the US Navy in WWII -
October 11, 1942.... Battle of Cape Esperance commences shortly before midnight, however, as naval surface force TG 64.2 (Rear Admiral Norman Scott) bars Goto's way (to Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.) Heavy cruiser Salt Lake City (CA-25) and light cruiser Boise (CL-47) are damaged, but combine to cripple Japanese heavy cruiser Furutaka; destroyers Duncan (DD-485) and Farenholt (DD-491) are also damaged by Japanese gunfire, the latter possibly by friendly fire from either Boise or Helena (CL-50). American cruiser and destroyer gunfire sinks Japanese destroyer Fubuki (09°06'S, 159°38'E) and damages heavy cruiser Aoba (Rear Admiral Goto is killed on board his flagship) and destroyer Hatsuyuki.

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