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PFC John David “Sandy” Rogers

PFC John David “Sandy” Rogers

Birth
Independence, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Oct 1965 (aged 18)
Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum
Memorial ID 6978 · View Source
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Adopted son of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
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ROY ROGERS' SON DIES IN ARMY HOSPITAL
Roy Rogers' adopted son, John David (Sandy) Rogers, choked to death Sunday at a military hospital in Germany, U.S. Army spokesmen said. Rogers, 18, died after entering the hospital Saturday night. An autopsy found the 3rd Armored Division trooper died of asphyxiation due to vomiting. It was the second tragedy in 15 months involving an adopted child of Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, stars for years in Western movies. On Aug. 17, 1964, Debbie Rogers, 12, an adopted Korean girl, was one of several children killed in a bus-car collision near Oceanside. A Sunday school class was returning from a visit to a Tijuana orphanage on a bus when a tire blew. The Rogerses also lost their natural daughter, Robin Elizabeth, at the age of 2 in 1952. News of the son's death was withheld until Rogers could tell his wife, who had been visiting members of her family in Texas. Her birthday was Saturday. Last year, when Debbie died, Dale had to break the news to Roy, who was in a hospital recovering from a neck operation. The Rogerses have retired into seclusion at their Apple Valley ranch. Their son was born June 19, 1947, in Independence, Ky. The Rogerses adopted him from Hope College, Tex., at the age of 5. Young Rogers attended Northridge Military Academy, Encino, and Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in late 1964 after receiving his parents' consent, required because he was under 18 at the time. He had been on maneuvers in Germany recently. After returning to his unit's base at Helmhausen, near Frankfort, he attended a theater in Frankfort Saturday and had dinner with an Army buddy at an enlisted men's club near his unit. Army spokesmen said young Rogers then complained of feeling ill, and two friends took him to the U.S. Army dispensary at Heimhausen. He was checked twice early Sunday and reported in satisfactory condition. Four hours later, about 8 a.m. Frankfort time (11 p.m. Saturday PST), young Rogers vomited and some of the disgorged matter was inhaled, choking him. Spokesmen said they did not know what caused his original ailment. The Rogerses have six surviving children --- Roy (Dusty) Rogers Jr., and Linda Lou, both children by Rogers ' first wife, since deceased; Tim Fox, Dale Evans' child by her first marriage; Cheryl, adopted from a Texas orphanage; Marion, adopted from Scotland, and Doddie, an American Indian girl. Tom, Cheryl, Marion, and Linda Lou are all married and have homes of their own. The three girls have children. Roy and Dale, who were married Dec. 31, 1947, bought the Apple Valley Inn about a year ago and have been living at an Apple Valley ranch. Services for John David Rogers are pending. The body is being forwarded from Germany, and is expected to arrive in the United States tomorrow.

THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUN ~~ San Bernardino, California Tuesday ~~ 02 November 1965 ~~ Front Page


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 16 Nov 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6978
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John David “Sandy” Rogers (17 Jun 1947–30 Oct 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6978, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .