Roger Easter, adjutant of Turnbow-Higgs Post 240 American Legion, said he is proud to announce a legendary achievement by member John Rogers — his 70th year of continuous service to the American Legion.
“To date, he’s the only Post 240 Legionnaire to reach this level of service," said Easter. "Comrade Mickey Maguire, with 69 years of service, will begin his 70th year in July 2017.
At age 97 — born May 25, 1919 — Rogers is the most senior member of Turnbow-Higgs Post 240. He earned his American Legion membership by serving in the US Navy during WWII & Korea and is an Honorary Life member of Post 240.
Rogers served four consecutive terms as post commander (1990-1995) and led Post 240 revitalization during those years.
“He, Brad Thompson — with 69 years of continuous service at time of death last year — and Joanna Lay were responsible for a successful fund raising campaign that resulted in the complete renovation of the 50-year-old Post Hall," Easter said. "Brad Thompson provided the inspiration, Joanna Lay the administration and John Rogers the perspiration as he led the ground attack.”
In 1939, Rogers was one of many employees hired to construct the Post Hall building. Little did he know at the time he was carrying bricks and mortar, that December 7, 1941 would eventually lead to his becoming Post 240 Commander and responsible for the building he was helping to construct.
Roger's lengthy service to Post 240 is unparalleled. He has served Post 240 in all officer’s position but his proudest achievement is having served several years as Post 240 Honor Guard bugler.
His loyal and dedicated service of performing “Taps” during hundreds of military funerals is an honor Rogers holds dear and will always remember.
Rogers has recently returned from several weeks of rehab at Heartland Rehab in Bedford and remains at home recovering from a serious respiratory ailment, Easter said.