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Ken Rogge
War: World War II
Branch: United States Navy and Air Force
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan

Ken Rogge was born in Detroit, Michigan. While in high school, he joined the Naval Reserves. Soon after graduating, he went on active duty, and served for 23 months. When he was discharged he had a difficult time finding a job. After four months, he joined the Air Force. Since he had already served in the Navy, he was not required to take Basic Training.

While in the Air Force, Ken operated as a Medial Administrator and as a Broadcaster. As a Broadcaster Ken traveled to 18 different countries. Broadcasting was made by only 700 people (in the Air Force) worldwide. In 1969, Ken was stationed in Thailand for 11 months. His last five years were spent in Italy. After discharge from the Air Force, Ken and his wife remained in Europe for 13 more years while he worked for the Army. Ken and his wife returned to the United States in the year 2000. After spending time living with his daughter. he and his wife decided to build a home in Manchester, Michigan.

In retirement, Ken has kept busy with his woodworking hobby and his Honor Guard volunteering. The Guard primarily acts as Honor Guard at Veterans’ funerals, but also performs at various Veterans activities, e.g. when four Chaplains were honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their life jackets to four seamen who had none.

Ken and his wife now live in Manchester, Michigan. They have seven grandchildren.